This June, follow in the footsteps of HM The Queen and the House of Lords official known as 'Black Rod' at the State Opening of Parliament ceremony.
The new Queen and Parliament guided tours, are designed for families with children aged 7 and over. Children go free.
Tickets can be booked for tours on three Saturdays, 4, 11 and 18 June 2016, starting at 1.30pm and 3pm.
The one hour journey in the company of a Visitor Assistant starts with the Royal Procession route from the Robing Room, through the Royal Gallery, into the Chamber of the House of Lords. See the magnificent throne and canopy from where the Queen delivers the State Opening speech.
Then, continue along Black Rod’s walk to the House of Commons where he summons MPs to listen to the speech. The doors to the Commons Chamber are initially shut in Black Rod’s face; a practice which symbolises the Commons' independence from the monarchy.
Ticket prices and booking
- Children (up to 15) Free
- Adults £18.50
- Concessions (over 60s, students, UK Armed Forces) £16
Tickets can be purchased online, by calling +44 (0)20 7219 4114 or in person from the Ticket Office at the front of Portcullis House on Victoria Embankment.
Other tours of Parliament
Ticketed audio tours and guided tours through the Houses of Parliament are available to visitors on Saturdays throughout the year and on most weekdays during parliamentary recesses.
Tickets are now on sale for tours through to the end of November 2016.