What happened at the State Opening of Parliament 2023?

November 9, 2023

The King…has opened Parliament for the first time since his Accession in a ceremony steeped in tradition and symbolism.

  • The Imperial State Crown is processed to Westminster.
  • The King and Queen process to Westminster in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach, escorted by the Household Cavalry.
  • His Majesty retires to the Robing Room, emerging shortly afterwards wearing the Imperial State Crown and the Robe of State
  • The King leads the Royal Procession through the Royal Gallery to the chamber of the House of Lords.
  • The House of Lords official known as Black Rod is sent to summon the Commons…

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