Who goes to the Lord Chancellor’s Breakfast?
I did not spot Michael Gove. The justices of the Supreme Court OK, then the High Court judges in partly red dress, the circuit judges in partly lavender. Then come some in black. I suppose some are recorders. Opinions are put forward in the crowd – for example, one man said ‘if they have the long wigs, they are judges, if not, they aren’t yet’. Or do not all judges buy the full-bottomed ones, or recorders not wear them? And who are those in long red robes? and are there mere barristers? Some of the people are what are known as wives.
At Stanley Ley’s site you can see the full-bottomed wig, the judge’s bench wig, and the barrister’s wig.
Joshua Rozenberg wrote that though 1,000 go to the service, only about half are invited to the breakfast. This explains the more plainly clad persons heading off to the right.
Who are these?
I think there must have been academics there in academic gowns, and also clerics.
LATER NOTE: At gettyimages are some pictures of judges in new robes in October 2008.
Here is a description in words.
The ones with blue bits are district judges – they would not be wearing wigs in open court.
And Wikipedia says:
On special ceremonial occasions (such as the opening of the legal year), QCs wear (in addition to their court coat, waistcoat and silk gown) a long wig, black breeches, silk stockings and buckled shoes, lace cuffs and a lace jabot instead of bands.
I didn’t realize QCs wear long-bottomed wigs. So the ones in the top pictures are QCs.
EVEN LATER NOTE:
There is something about the service on the Westminster Abbey site. They also have a series of photos including one of Michael Gove reading a lesson. But some of the Supreme Court justices weren’t wearing wigs either (they don’t when they’re sitting).