3rd October 2005
Abingdon St, Westminster, London SW1P 3JY
The Lord Chancellor’s Breakfast 2005
For those of you who are of a mind to question the sanity of judges (having never come across one in real life, I couldn’t possibly comment), here’s your proof: it’s the start of the legal year, even though it’s October, and the Lord Chancellor is treating all his learned chums to breakfast (which I suspect entails more than just a bowl of cornflakes), though it’s pretty much lunchtime for everyone else – though, I guess if it was Legal New Year’s Eve the night before, that would probably explain it.
Anyway, this mass gathering (‘a sentence’) of all the great and the good of the legal profession has been part of the legal calendar since the Reformation. At the start of the Legal Year judges pray for spiritual guidance in Westminster Abbey, before which they are expected to have fasted – hence the ‘break-fast’ afterwards in Westminster Hall.
Incidentally, the vast expanse of foreground in the main image wasn’t a creative decision – these days, security concerns mean the general public are obliged to spectate from barriers about five miles away & serious zoom lenses are called for – or accredited access, of course. Not like the good old days.