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Lords congratulates Her Majesty the Queen on her Platinum Jubilee

26 May 2022

Her Majesty the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament in 2019

On Thursday 26 May, the House of Lords congratulated Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her Platinum Jubilee as it agreed an Address to the Queen.


The debate was opened by the Leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Evans of Bowes Park, followed by Lord Collins of Highbury (Labour), Lord Newby (Liberal Democrat), Lord Judge (Crossbench) and the Bishop of Birmingham. Speeches from other members followed.

Before the debate, the Lord Speaker paid tribute to the Queen.

Catch up on the debate online on Parliament TV, or read a transcript in Lords Hansard. See photos from the debate on Flickr.

Humble Address

Members debated a 'Humble Address' to be presented to the Queen from the House of Lords.

Humble Addresses are a communication from either of the Houses of Parliament to the monarch. Most recently, the House of Lords debated a Humble Address thanking Her Majesty following the Queen's Speech, read this year by the Prince of Wales, at the State Opening of Parliament.

The House of Lords also presented an Address to the Queen in 2012 on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee. Read the debate on the Humble Address in Lords Hansard or watch on YouTube. There were also Addresses in 1977 and 2002 for the Silver and Golden Jubilees.

The Queen and the House of Lords

The Queen, or her representatives, regularly preside over the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords. This is the formal start to the parliamentary year and one of the only times that all three parts of Parliament - the monarch, the Lords and the Commons - come together.

See footage from some of the earliest State Openings during the Queen's reign in our new film.

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

See footage from early State Openings during Her Majesty The Queen's reign.

See footage from early State Openings during Her Majesty The Queen's reign.

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Photo: Her Majesty The Queen at the State Opening of Parliament in 2019. Copyright House of Lords 2019 / photo by Roger Harris.