Addresses to Members of Parliament

State visits or visits by other leading figures are often marked by a speech given to Members of both Houses of Parliament.

Angela Merkel address 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed members of both Houses in the Royal Gallery on Thursday 27 February 2014.

Aung San Suu Kyi address 2012

Nobel peace prize winner and newly elected parliamentarian Aung San Suu Kyi addressed members of both Houses in Westminster Hall on Thursday 21 June during her visit to the UK.

State Visit of the President of the USA 2011

As part of his State visit to the UK on 24-26 May 2011, President Barack Obama addressed members of both Houses on Wednesday 25 May.

Papal address 2010

On Friday 17 September 2010, as part of his official visit to the UK, Pope Benedict XVI addressed an audience of invited guests in Westminster Hall that included members of both Houses of Parliament, diplomats and representatives of civic society.

Recent addresses

On 5 November 2013, the President of the Republic of Korea, Park Geun-hye, gave an address to members of both Houses of Parliament as part of her visit to the UK.

The Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, gave an address to members of both Houses of Parliament on 13 June 2013 in the Queen’s Robing Room. He was the first Canadian prime minister to address UK parliamentarians in the Palace of Westminster since William Lyon Mackenzie King on May 11, 1944.

On 1 November 2012, President Yudhoyono of Indonesia addressed members of both Houses. The Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, also gave an address on 29 November 2012.

Other notable addresses

On 15 May 2007, Bertie Ahern, Taoiseach of Ireland, addressed 500 Members of Parliament in the Royal Gallery to commemorate the restoration of devolution in Northern Ireland. It was the first time that an Irish Prime Minister had addressed members of both Houses.

Nelson Mandela, François Mitterand, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bill Clinton and the Dalai Lama are among those who have all given addresses to MPs and members of the Lords.

Can I attend an address?

The public cannot gain access to addresses made to Members of Parliament. However, details about addresses will be posted on this webpage.

Image: House of Lords/Photography by Roger Harris

Related information

State visits on Flickr

View images of the Papal address in Westminster Hall and of Presidents of Mexico and France addressing MPs and Members of the Lords on Parliament's Flickr channel:

Visit the venues

View the Royal Gallery and Robing Room – the key locations for addresses to Parliament – in our virtual tour: