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The State Opening of Parliament 

The UK general election took place on Thursday 4 July 2024. The new Parliament met on Tuesday 9 July 2024 for the election of the Speaker and swearing-in of MPs and Lords. The State Opening of Parliament and The King’s Speech will take place on Wednesday 17 July 2024.

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Living Heritage


Heritage collections

The Heritage Collection includes the Parliamentary Art Collection, the Historic Furniture and Decorative Arts Collection, and the Architectural Fabric Collection.

Over 26,000 objects ranging from the medieval period to the 21st century tell the story of Parliament.

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Houses of History

Watch this video to experience one thousand years of history at the Palace of Westminster in just three minutes. You will see the shift in power from the monarch to the people, the emergence of universal suffrage, and the amazing history of the Palace itself.

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Houses of Parliament Shop

Offers the full range of Parliamentary publications, along with books and multimedia resources about Parliament

The Parliamentary Archives

Access details of millions of records from both Houses and other historical material relating to Parliament