State Opening 2009: arrival of the Crown
The State Opening of Parliament marks the beginning of the parliamentary session. Its main purpose is for the monarch formally to open Parliament and in the Queen's Speech deliver an outline of the Government's proposed policies, legislation for the coming session and a review of the last session.
This image shows the arrival of the Imperial State Crown at the Houses of Parliament for the State Opening on 18 November 2009.
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