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It was ladies' day as the Throne Speech blueprint for the new Parliamentary session was unveiled yesterday.

Colourful dresses added splashes of colour as a crowd assembled on the lawn of Cabinet Office to hear John Rankin, the Governor, read the speech.

Tinée Furbert, a Progressive Labour Party senator, was front and centre with a flamboyant, wide-rimmed purple hat topped with fur.

She managed to match the hat with a wild print pale yellow suit teamed with black, gold and purple shoes.

Jeanne Atherden, former One Bermuda Alliance leader, stood out in a shock red and purple outfit. The backbencher's outfit was balanced and a little adventurous with a leopard skin print and vibrant accents.

New faces at the ceremony included Curtis Dickinson, the new Minister of Finance, and MP Scott Pearman of the OBA, as well as OBA senators Dwayne Robinson and Marcus Jones.

Crystal Caesar, a PLP senator, was the image of grace with a full-length floral dress matched with burgundy heels.

PLP MP Lovitta Foggo, the Minister of Labour, Community Affairs and Sport, looked regal in royal blue.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, sported an outfit so bright a Gombey might have blushed.

Neon pink and blue feathers in her hat matched her colourful print dress and petrol blue shoes and hat balanced the look.

The men, however, were sober-suited and drab in comparison.

Zane DeSilva, the tourism and transport minister, flashed a little colour with a Kermit the frog green tie and handkerchief which caught the eye.

Kim Swan, a PLP backbencher, was businesslike in pinstripes, stylish dark shades, fedora and black silk tie.

Christopher Famous, also a Government backbencher, wore the green and gold tie of his alma mater, The Berkeley Institute.

But the tie was a little mismatched with his green silk handkerchief and blue paisley waistcoat.

All but three of the PLP men wore ties in PLP green in an apparent show of solidarity — standing strong but not standing out.

Traditional hat: John Rankin, the Governor of Bermuda, is shown after reading the 2018 Throne Speech
The first PLP premier: Dame Jennifer Smith is shown at the Convening of Parliament yesterday, which was also the 20th anniversary of when she led her Progressive Labour Party to its first victory at the polls after 35 years as Opposition
Deputy Opposition leader: Leah Scott
One Bermuda Alliance MP: Patricia Pamplin-Gordon

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Published November 10, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated November 17, 2018 at 11:35 am)

MPs resplendent at Throne Speech

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