No, not the Orient, but sunny Brighton! It was DD's graduation ceremony for her master's degree, which was being presented in the Brighton Pavilion. This rather fancy building was built as a little love nest/seaside cottage by Prince George in the early 19th century and is absolutely fabulous to visit. If you like the exterior, the interior is even more sumptuous, and decorated in an exotic oriental style. The presentation though, unfortunately wasn't in the main palace, but in the Brighton Dome.
This building was originally the stable block to the palace, but is still decorated inside with beautiful wall and floor tiles, wonderful carvings, doors and pillars. It was converted to a performance space and corn market in the mid nineteenth century, and now is a prestigious performance venue.
Here is the graduand (someone who's finished their course of study but not been presented with their certificate yet) checking that her name's in the programme, and she's come on the right day! This is the graduate with proud Mum and Dad.
And here is a silly family doing jazz hands - maybe it was the effect of the bubbly we'd all drunk!