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The Queen's speech and the State Opening of Parliament

The Queen attending the State Opening of Parliament last year Photo: Richard Pohle/The Times/PA Archive

The Queen will be joined by members of both Houses and guests including judges, ambassadors and high commissioners for the State Opening of Parliament today.

It is the main ceremonial event of the parliamentary calendar, beginning with the Queen's procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster.

Wearing the Imperial State Crown and the Robe of State, the Queen will lead the Royal Procession through the Royal Gallery to the chamber of the House of Lords.

The Lords official, known as the 'Black Rod', will summon the commons, striking the door three times before it is opened.

The Imperial State Crown arriving at the Palace of Westminster in 2012 Credit: Richard Pohle/The Times/PA Archive

The Queen's Speech

Delivered from by the Queen from the Throne, the speech is written by the Government, and will contain an outline of its policies and proposed legislation for the new parliamentary session.

Yeomen of the Guard conduct a ceremonial search in the Palace of Westminster ahead of the State Opening Credit: Paul Rogers/The Times/PA Archive

When the Queen leaves

A new session will start, with members of both houses debating the content of the speech, they will agree an ‘Address in Reply to Her Majesty’s Gracious Speech’.

The debate is continued for several days by both houses, looking at different areas.

Voted for by the House of Commons, no vote is taken in the Lords.

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