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The British Parliament and Big Ben

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The Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the supreme legislative body in the United Kingdom and British overseas territories. It alone has parliamentary sovereignty, conferring it ultimate power over all other political bodies in the UK and its territories. At its head is the Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II.

The parliament is bicameral, with an upper house, the House of Lords, and a lower house, the House of Commons.[1] The Queen is the third component of Parliament.[2] The House of Lords includes two different types of members: the Lords Spiritual (the senior bishops of the Church of England) and the Lords Temporal (members of the Peerage); its members are not elected by the population at large but are appointed by past or current governments.[3] The House of Commons is a democratically elected chamber with elections to it held at least every 5 years.[4] The two Houses meet in separate chambers in the Palace of Westminster (commonly known as the "Houses of Parliament"), in the City of Westminster in London. By constitutional convention, all government ministers, including the Prime Minister, are members of the House of Commons or, less often, the House of Lords, and are thereby accountable to the respective branches of the legislature.

The first 'United Kingdom' Parliament was formed in 1707 to replace the parliaments of England and Scotland as a result of the Treaty of Union, though in practice the parliament was a continuation of the English parliament with the addition of Scottish MPs and peers. The Parliament of England had itself evolved from the early medieval councils that advised the sovereigns of England.[5] England has been called "the mother of parliaments",[6] its democratic institutions having set the standards for many democracies throughout the world,[7] and the United Kingdom parliament is the largest Anglophone legislative body in the world.[8]

In theory, supreme legislative power is vested in the Queen-in-Parliament; in practice in modern times, real power is vested in the House of Commons; the Sovereign generally acts on the advice of the Prime Minister and the powers of the House of Lords are limited.

Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parliament_of_the_United_Kingdom

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  1. progressonline 104 months ago | reply

    Great photo. I used it here, credited and linked back www.progressives.org.uk/articles/article.asp?a=5639

    Kind regards


  2. seojoblogs 104 months ago | reply

    I like the photo
    I used it on seojoblogs.com/2010/04/11/digital-economy-bill/ and put a link back


  3. zabedin54 99 months ago | reply

    I feel I am in a dream.

    The capture is so beautiful!

  4. Joel Bybee 99 months ago | reply

    Admired in
    ~the soul stops here~

  5. OlyaA (busy) 99 months ago | reply

    wonderful image!

    Please share this wonderful image with group Show Room
    This invitation counts as an award as well

  6. nebulous 1 99 months ago | reply

    Admired in
    ~the soul stops here~

  7. AlaskaFreezeFrame 99 months ago | reply

    Admired in
    ~the soul stops here~


  8. Marc Haegeman Photography 99 months ago | reply

    Outstanding work. Beautiful tones. Well done!

  9. The_Circumference 98 months ago | reply


    Just wanted to let you know that your photo has been featured in a travel article on The Circumference with a link back.

    You can view the article here:
    Thanks for sharing your fantastic photo!

    - The Circumference

  10. sarah_janebrown 96 months ago | reply

    This is such a lovely shot. I used it on my blog (and credited you). Thank you. Sarah

  11. VeriNav 91 months ago | reply

    This photograph has been selected to appear in the Image Gallery for VeriNav's London England Travel Planning Guide. Thank you for your contribution.

  12. AlanT3 89 months ago | reply

    Congrats for this shot. I enjoy it so much. Once again Bravo to you. Lord jeux gratuit

  13. furlaste 80 months ago | reply

    Hello Maurice,
    your shot was very nice, I have used your image for a work that I just finished. Here's the URL:

  14. ArtsProfessional 72 months ago | reply

    Thanks for using Creative Commons. We're using this in a story about the house of Lords on our website. Great shot!

  15. Recovering Agnostic 70 months ago | reply

    This is an amazing picture. I used it to illustrate a post on my blog at recoveringagnostic.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/secularists-n...

  16. alexandermoseleyphd 51 months ago | reply

    Great tones - using it for an economics class! (full attribution of course) - Alex

  17. BMess1 51 months ago | reply

    Great picture. Thanks for sharing. We used it in an article here www.waste-management-world.com/articles/2014/08/remanufac...

  18. stop that man! 26 months ago | reply

    Thanks very much for the photo, just run with this article on The Ecologist: www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2988...

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