State Opening of Parliament


Marking the start of a session of parliament, the State Opening of Parliament sees the monarch travel from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster by horse drawn carriage to give the “Speech from the Throne”.

Thousands of spectators watch the procession of the household cavalry and the royal carriage as it heads along The Mall and Whitehall before arriving at the Houses of Parliament.

This year’s event is scheduled for May, though dates have varied considerably over the years as a quirk of parliamentary process.

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