State Opening 2010
Usually taking place in November or December, 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.

In 2010, the State Opening took place on 25 May, following the General Election.

Written by the Government, the Queen's Speech sets out the working agenda for the House of Commons and the House of Lords for the coming year and, after the State Opening ceremony, it's back to business for both Houses.

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State Opening of Parliament
State Opening: 25 May 2010
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