The State Opening of Parliament in pictures

The State Opening of Parliament in pictures

An image slideshow depicting the State Opening of Parliament.


These 11 pictures show the tradition of the House of Lords, the House of Commons and the monarch all playing a part in this annual event.

Time required: 15 minutes

Learning outcomes

Students will be introduced to:

  • Parliament’s three parts: the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the monarch
  • what happens during the annual State Opening of Parliament
  • the long history and traditions of UK democracy in Westminster

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