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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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History of the Parliamentary estate

The Palace of Westminster, more commonly known as the Houses of Parliament, looks very different from the medieval palace which once stood here. What happened to these old medieval buildings?

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Westminster Hall is the oldest building in Parliament and virtually the only part of the ancient Palace of Westminster which survives in almost its original form. Find out more about its long history

The present-day Palace of Westminster was constructed after the Great Fire of 1834. Find out more about its architecture and interiors

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Explore the Parliamentary Art Collection that is displayed throughout the buildings of the Parliamentary Estate.

Also within Living Heritage

Westminster Hall is the oldest building in Parliament and virtually the only part of the ancient Palace of Westminster which survives in almost its original form. Find out more about its long history

The present-day Palace of Westminster was constructed after the Great Fire of 1834. Find out more about its architecture and interiors