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Black Rod knocks on the door to the Commons

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The doors to the Commons chamber are shut in Black Rod’s face: a practice symbolising the Commons’ autonomy from the monarch. He strikes the door three times before it is opened. Find out more about State Opening This image is subject to parliamentary copyright. www.parliament.uk