7 - The United Fruit Company, (or, "How a Swabian Duke and an Albish Prince control 60% of Costa Rica's economy")8 - The American Exiles9 - The Moon, Mars and the Asteroid Belt (or, "Why the Sun really will never set on the Albish Empire")10 - The Mexican Cartel War (or, "They really shouldn't have messed up with the Hapsburgs")
View attachment 597598The Parliamentary Garb Act 1909 is an Act of the Parliament of the Empire of Albion and the Commonwealth. The Act introduced for the first time overarching regulations to what can and cannot be worn inside the Houses of Parliament.
While it is believed that the act was proposed by the 1st Duchess of Halifax (then MP for Paddington North) as an elaborate joke. As she believed that the proposal to forcibly create a fashion code for the Lords and Commons would be dismissed rapidly. The timing of the proposal, mere weeks into the first session of Parliament since the death of Empress Victoria when most of the Empire was still in mourning, resulted on an almost unanimous vote of 698 to 32 passing it to the Lords, who in turn voted in an equally fast pace to send it for Royal Assent.
Still in action to this day, the act stipulates that no person within either the Lords or Commons may wear clothing in a style that was not worn during the Victorian Era, in a remembrance of the Empress' reign.
Although many MPs have proposed to repeal the act over the years (the most recent being Nigel Corbyn, Labour MP for Saint Philip between 2003 and 2015, in a move that preceded the end of his political career), it has remained in place for over a century and influenced in other aspects of political events, with it being traditional to wear victorian clothing on the day of the State Opening of Parliament and for candidates to dress similarly during speeches, debates and on polling day during the General Election.
As per the Windsor Agreement of 1978, the act is also in action on the governments of all members of the Commonwealth.
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Princess Victoria, Duchess of Halifax (1862-1942), then Victoria Windsor, Independent MP for Paddington North and Princess Louis of Battenberg, having a lunch with her daughter, Princess Caroline (later 2nd Duchess of Halifax), in the gardens of Kensington Palace. Dated to 1912