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State Opening of Parliament.
See the Queen travel in the traditional carriage procession through Westminster to open the new parliamentary session, at the annual State Opening of Parliament.


Watch the traditional procession which leads the Queen from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster for the State Opening of Parliament.

The State Opening of Parliament is the most important event in the parliamentary calendar, bringing together the sovereign, the House of Lords and the House of Commons to mark the start of the new parliamentary year. 

The century-old ceremony takes place in the House of Lords, where the Queen reads a speech written by the government (the Queen's Speech) which outlines its agenda for the coming year. The speech and ceremony is also broadcast live on BBC television.

Join the throngs of spectators as the procession makes its way along The Mall and Whitehall, before heading to the Houses of Parliament. Spot the Queen in the horse-led coach, escorted by the Household Cavalry and feel the atmosphere of this quintessential British tradition in all its glory.


Event FREE

You can watch the procession through the streets of London along The Mall and Whitehall for free. However, members of the public cannot attend the State Opening itself.

Venue Details & Map

Houses of Parliament

+44 (0)20 7219 4114
Public transport:
Tube: Westminster. Mainline: Charing Cross, Victoria or Waterloo

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