State Opening image slideshow

State Opening provides some memorable images as, for just a few hours every year, the traditions of Parliament come to life in a colourful ceremony.

You can scroll through the slideshow below to see images of the most recent State Opening. You can also view these images in our Flickr album.

State Opening explained

State Opening explained

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Further information

State Opening explained

The former Lord Speaker, Baroness Hayman, explains State Opening on Parliament's YouTube channel:

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Watch State Opening

Parliament broadcasts live coverage of the Queen's Speech