The Seat of Government UK by Clive
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Image taken while flying into London on one of my recent trips to the UK.

Camera Olympus E-P1, Focal length 42.0,
Shutter speed 1/400s, f/7.1, ISO 244

The Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (commonly referred to as the British Parliament, the Westminster Parliament or, formerly, the Imperial Parliament) is the supreme legislative body in the United Kingdom and British overseas territories, located in London. Parliament alone possesses legislative supremacy and thereby ultimate power over all other political bodies in the UK and its territories. At its head is the Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II.
The parliament is bicameral, with an upper house, the House of Lords, and a lower house, the House of Commons. The Queen is the third component of the legislature. The House of Lords includes two different types of members: the Lords Spiritual (the senior bishops of the Church of England) and the Lords Temporal (members of the Peerage) whose members are not elected by the population at large, but are appointed by the Sovereign on advice of the Prime Minister. Prior to the opening of the Supreme Court in October 2009 the House of Lords also performed a judicial role through the Law Lords. The House of Commons is a democratically elected chamber with elections to it held at least every 5 years. The two Houses meet in separate chambers in the Palace of Westminster (commonly known as the Houses of Parliament), in London. By constitutional convention, all government ministers, including the Prime Minister, are members of the House of Commons or, less often, the House of Lords, and are thereby accountable to the respective branches of the legislature.
The Parliament of Great Britain was formed in 1707 following the ratification of the Treaty of Union by both the Parliament of England and Parliament of Scotland passing Acts of Union. However, in practice the parliament was a continuation of the English parliament with the addition of Scottish MPs and peers. Parliament was further enlarged by the ratification by the Parliament of Great Britain and the Parliament of Ireland of the Act of Union (1800), which abolished the Irish Parliament; this added 100 Irish members to the Commons and 32 to the Lords to create the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. It has been called “the mother of parliaments”, its democratic institutions having set the standards for many democracies throughout the world, and the United Kingdom parliament is the largest Anglophone legislative body in the world.
In theory, supreme legislative power is vested in the Queen-in-Parliament; in practice in modern times, real power is vested in the House of Commons, as the Sovereign generally acts on the advice of the Prime Minister and the powers of the House of Lords have been limited




Comments

  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuitsover 4 years ago

    WOWZERS. A stunning capture Clive.

    Happy New Year to you my friend, and thank you for calling. It was great to talk to you again.

  • Thank you so very much Richard, a fine compliment. A Happy and Safe New Year to you and Catherine as well my friend, great talking with you as well

    – Clive

  • Hertsman
    Hertsmanover 4 years ago

    You did very well to get such a good shot through an aircraft window – especially being strapped in for final approach to Heathrow.

  • The joys of a window seat Hertsman, thank you for your great compliment my friend

    – Clive

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    what a great shot Clive, so clear. It was lovely talking to you. have a good day.x

  • You have a great day also Catherine, wonderful talking with you as well, appreciate your wonderful compliment my friend xx

    – Clive

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 4 years ago

    Super picture, Clive! Wonderful viewpoint. I sometimes think they stack airliners over central London just so passengers can take pictures of that beautiful city! lol

  • Thank you so very much David, appreciate your great compliment..They probably do pile them up for the passengers…lol..one very busy airport

    – Clive

  • Rosej
    Rosejover 4 years ago

    wow – this is awesome – what a great view – brilliant work – envious of the event – perhaps I should ask for it as a pressie for some future birthday or something – what a wonderful idea…

  • It would be a great idea Rose…Such a wonderful compliment my friend, thank you so kindly xx

    – Clive

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 4 years ago

    What a pov – excellent!

  • Thank you so very much Chris, a wonderful compliment my friend xx

    – Clive

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 4 years ago

    As large as that group of building is there is plenty of room for a lot of politicians to make a mess of the UK ☺ Excellent areal

  • Would be much the same in any country Byron…lol.Thanking you so very much for your great compliment my friend.
    A very Happy and Safe New Year to you and yours

    – Clive

  • JaninesWorld
    JaninesWorldover 4 years ago

    I think this parliament house would have to be the most spectacular building for a government in the world Clive. I wonder what its like inside! Great shot from the plane mate…you did good :)

  • It certainly is a most impressive building outside Janine, have only seen the inside on pictures so couldn’t really say what it is like.
    Appreciate your great compliment my friend xx
    Happy New Year to you and yours, all the best

    – Clive

  • JaninesWorld
    JaninesWorldover 4 years ago

    Hahaha…I just read barnsis comment above…so funny :):):):)

  • Winston D. Munnings
    Winston D. Mun...over 4 years ago

    Stunning Clive.
    Happy New Year.

  • Thanking you so very much for your wonderful compliment Winston, greatly appreciated.
    The very best wishes for a Happy and Safe New Year my friend

    – Clive

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