Stuart held 'hostage' at Buckingham Palace

As part of Stuart’s duty as Vice Chamberlain of Her Majesty’s Household, he was recently taken hostage during the State Opening of Parliament to ensure the safe return of Her Majesty the Queen.

One of many traditions that come with the Queen’s Speech, this captivity dates back to the troubled relationship between King Charles I and his Parliament in the 16th Century. Once Her Majesty has read the Queen’s Speech, which announces her Government’s business for that Parliamentary session, she returns to Buckingham Palace and the Vice-Chamberlain is then released from captivity.

Stuart said: “I was delighted when I was asked to be the Vice-Chamberlain of Her Majesty’s Household under the new Prime Minister, but I must confess the captivity during the State Opening of Parliament struck me as one of the most intriguing parts of the role! That being said, I did enjoy playing a small part in the day from behind the scenes and it is of course an honour to hold this role in Government. I would like to thank all involved in and also Nikki at for taking some fantastic photographs in the House of Commons chamber before my captivity.”