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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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Parliament has for centuries been involved in making sure the state has enough men and women to serve in the armed forces both at home and abroad.

The two world wars of 1914-18 and 1939-45 meant raising armies and defence forces of unprecedented size, as well as mobilising the entire population for a people's war. These demands profoundly affected everyone's lives.

Parliament and the First World War