State Opening of Parliament


The State Opening of Parliament is the most exciting and important event of the Parliamentary calendar.

As Head of State, it is The Queen's duty to formally open each new session of Parliament.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh travel in a coach from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster. Spectators can watch the procession from The Mall and Whitehall.

The ceremony takes place at the House of Lords. It is also broadcast live on BBC television.

Venue Details & Map

The Mall, London

The Mall
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