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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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Big Ben

Big Ben is probably the world's most famous clock. That iconic silhouette is instantly recognisable and is one of the most Instagrammed landmarks on the planet.  

Six monarchs and 41 prime ministers have come and gone since the bells first struck their now familiar music across Westminster.  

Here we tell Big Ben's historic story in words and images. It's a rich tale of drama, intrigue and politics. Discover why it was built, the engineers and clockmakers who created this horological masterpiece and the incredible efforts being made to restore Big Ben to its former glory, even exceed it.  

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Big Ben guide book

This book tells the story of the iconic tower, the Great Clock and bell which became known as 'Big Ben'. Contains over 130 images and illustrations.

Big Ben guide book