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Guests begin to arrive for State Opening

Guests take their seats in the Royal Gallery ahead of the Royal Procession

18/5/2016 16:52

Guests begin to arrive for State Opening

Guests take their seats in the Royal Gallery ahead of the Royal Procession

18/5/2016 16:52

Checking the cellars

The Yeomen of the Guard proceed to the Lords chamber on their way to undertake the check. The ceremonial searching of the cellars recalls the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605

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Checking the cellars

The Yeomen of the Guard in Prince’s Chamber, picking up their lamps to undertake the first ceremony of State Opening, the checking of the cellars

18/5/2016 16:52

Checking the cellars

The Yeomen of the Guard proceed through the Lords chamber on their way to undertake the checking of the cellars

18/5/2016 16:52

Checking the cellars

The Yeomen of the Guard proceed through the Lords chamber on their way to undertake the checking of the cellars

18/5/2016 16:52

State Opening 2016

House of Commons staff get ready for State Opening

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State Opening 2016

An MP signs a Prayer Card www.parliament.uk/business/news/2016/may/lords-state-opening This image...

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Checking the cellars

The Yeomen of the Guard complete the ceremonial searching of the cellars

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State Opening 2016

Commons officials prepare for the start of State Opening

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State Opening 2016

A Doorkeeper prepares Prayer Cards

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The ceremony draws to an end

The Household Cavalry leave Parliament

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The ceremony draws to an end

The Imperial State Crown, Cap of Maintenance and the Great Sword of State leave Parliament. They are symbols of sovereign power, carried in front of the Queen in the Royal Procession

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The Royal Party departs

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall leave Parliament

18/5/2016 16:52

The Royal Party departs

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall leave Parliament

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