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  State Opening of Parliament - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the United Kingdom, the State Opening of Parliament is an annual event held usually in October or November that marks the commencement of a session of Parliament.
It is held in the House of Lords Chamber after Parliament first assembles in consequence of a General Election and each November thereafter.
The Vice President of the United States and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the presiding officers of the Senate and House of Representatives respectively, sit behind the President duing the address.
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 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: State Opening of Parliament   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
States currently utilizing parliamentary systems are denoted in orange and red—the former being constitutional monarchies where authority is vested in a parliament, and the latter being parliamentary republics whose parliaments are effectively supreme over a separate head of state.
Parliament was frequently prorogued in the early years of federation, and always prorogued prior to the dissolution of the House of Representatives for the purpose of a general election.
The practice of proroguing Parliament prior to the dissolution of the House of Representatives for the purpose of a general election was restored by the Government in 1993.
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 Palace of Westminster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Victoria Tower Gardens is open as a public park along the side of the river south of the palace.
In front of the Woolsack are the Judges' Woolsack (a larger red cushion occupied by the Law Lords during the State Opening) and the Table of the House (at which the clerks sit).
The plot was an attempt by Roman Catholic extremists to cause an explosion in the Palace of Westminster during the State Opening of Parliament, thereby killing the Protestant King James I, his family, and most of the aristocracy.
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 State Opening of Parliament - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Sergeant-at-arms Gus Cloutier holding the ceremonial mace to open a sitting of the 38th Canadian parliament with Prime Minister Paul Martin in background (10/4/04)
It is common for one or two senior Members of Parliament to even heckle Black Rod at this time.
A very similar ceremony is held in some Commonwealth realms where there are two houses of parliament, such as Canada and Australia, but the Governor-General is usually present and reads the Speech from the Throne, not the Queen.
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 Royal Insight > Out and About > The State Opening of Parliament
The Queen opened Parliament for the 51st time in her reign, taking part in a colourful ceremony stretching back over 500 years.
The ceremony serves as a symbolic reminder of the unity of Parliament's three constituent parts - the Sovereign, the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
Black Rod then stated: "Mr Speaker, The Queen commands this Honourable House to attend Her Majesty immediately in the House of Peers." Members of the House of Commons then approached the House of Lords and assembled at the opposite end to the throne to listen to The Queen's speech.
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 Parliament of Australia: Senate: Briefs - Two   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Between 1961 and 1993, Parliament was prorogued only four times, twice for the purpose of allowing openings by the Queen during her visits to Australia in 1974 and 1977.
Not to be confused with the official opening of Parliament are the two occasions in Australia on which new Parliament Houses have been opened.
The provisional Parliament House was designed and built by the Department of Works and opened by the Duke of York (later George VI) on 9 May 1927.
www.aph.gov.au /senate/pubs/briefs/brieftwo.htm   (2746 words)

 Gunpowder Plot - MSN Encarta
It was the work of a small group of Roman Catholic gentry, mainly in the west Midlands, who were angry that James VI, king of Scotland, who had recently succeeded Queen Elizabeth I to the throne of England as James I, had not reversed her harsh policies towards their co-religionists.
They planned to place a large quantity of gunpowder under the Parliament building, and from May 1604 began to tunnel from a neighbouring house.
He and Fawkes brought in 36 barrels of powder under cover of darkness, and concealed them under firewood, to await the State Opening of Parliament in the autumn of 1605.
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 Imperial State Crown: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Imperial State Crown is one of the British Crown Jewels[Follow this hyperlink for a summary of this subject].
The Imperial State Crown is worn annually by the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament State Opening of Parliament quick summary:
The palace of westminster, known also as the houses of parliament, is the location at which the two houses of the parliament of the united kingdom (the house...
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 Britannia Panorama: British Government
Parliament, Britain's legislature, is made up of the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the Queen in her constitutional role.
A Parliament has a maximum duration of five years, but in practice general elections are usually held before the end of this term.
Parliament is dissolved and writs for a general election are ordered by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister.
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 Guardian Unlimited Politics | News | 17.05.2005 Queen's speech index
The Queen's crown arrives at the House of Lords prior to the state opening of parliament.
The Queen is driven from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster in her horse drawn carriage for the state opening of parliament.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh walk from the Lords at the end of the state opening of parliament.
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 occasion | Houses of Parliament
Perhaps the regular occasions of which the general public is most aware are the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament, and Prime Minister's question time, held every Wednesday when the House of Commons is sitting.
In a symbol of the Commons' independence, the door to their chamber is slammed in his face and not opened until he has knocked on the door with his staff of office.
Before the State Opening, the cellars of the Palace of Westminster are to this day searched by the Yeomen of the Guard - a precaution dating back to the Gunpowder Plot of November 1605.
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 The State Opening of Parliament
The ceremony takes place in the House of Lords and the Commons are summoned to hear 'The Queen's Speech from the Throne', formally opening the next session of her Parliament and setting out the policies of her Government.
Several events occur before the actual State Opening and The Queen is the last person to drive down the Royal Route.
Not all the 635 Members of Parliament attend, for there would not be room, so a representative group stands at the far end of the Chamber opposite the throne and listens as The Queen reads 'The Most Gracious Speech from the Throne'.
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 State Opening of Parliament - Live Thread (0540 ET on C-SPAN)
In an annual ceremony for the official opening of Parliament, Queen Elizabeth will read a speech prepared for her by the government outlining the legislative agenda for the year.
Its given at the opening of Parliament in all Commonwealth Countries that have a Governor-General acting as representative of Her Majesty.
The British Crown and Parliament - its government - is one of the bulwarks of Western Civilization.
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 BBC NEWS | Politics | State Opening of Parliament
The state opening of Parliament is the most colourful event of the parliamentary year, and also the most important.
Each new parliamentary session has to be opened by the monarch, who reads the speech prepared for him or her by the government of the day, setting out the legislative agenda for the coming parliamentary session.
Once the Commons have entered the chamber, the three constituent parts of Parliament, the Lords, the Commons and the monarch, are gathered together in one place to hear the Queen detail the business which requires their urgent presence in Westminster.
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 Guardian Unlimited | Today's issues | The state opening of parliament
The state opening embodies the very essence of the system of governance by "the Queen in parliament".
There was a bit of an outcry in the last parliament when the lord chancellor, Derry Irvine, announced that he would drop the tradition of walking backwards.
Only at the state opening and other high ceremonial occasions is he obliged to dress up in knee breeches and ruffles, and put on his Wilkinson sword.
www.guardian.co.uk /theissues/article/0,6512,509889,00.html   (715 words)

 The Monarchy Today > The Queen's role > Queen in Parliament   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The constitutional monarchy we know today developed in the 18th and 19th centuries, as day-to-day power came to be exercised by Ministers in Cabinet, deriving their authority from Parliaments elected from a steadily widening electorate.
'Queen in Parliament' is the formal title of the British legislature, which consists of the Sovereign, the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
The Queen in Parliament is most clearly demonstrated in the annual State Opening of Parliament, when The Queen opens Parliament in person, and addresses both Houses in The Queen's Speech.
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 Opening of Parliament   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
PENING OF The State Opening of Parliament is the ceremony which marks the official commencement of a newly-elected parliament.
The State Opening is held after each general election to declare the new parliament 'open'.
Upon arrival to Parliament buildings, the regal party is met by the Herald of Arms and the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod.
www.ps.parliament.govt.nz /openparl.htm   (377 words)

 OFF THE TELLY: Reviews/2000/The State Opening of Parliament
One was the raising of the Mary Rose, an event that was deemed so significant that timetables across the country were abandoned for a shared national TV moment; the other was the State Opening of Parliament.
As with the Remembrance Ceremony at the Cenotaph each November, so the Opening of Parliament appears on television every year without fail and with no shocking variations to long-established routines and conventions.
Right from the programme's opening - film of stables being prepared, coaches cleaned and horses groomed - there was plenty of time for David to come up with ever more fanciful descriptions.
www.offthetelly.co.uk /reviews/2000/stateopenparliament.htm   (633 words)

 The Sovereign in Parliament   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is divided into two parts: the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
The best-known connection between Sovereign and Parliament is the yearly State Opening of Parliament, for its enormous publicity and the widely distributed pictures of the Queen opening Parliament in person.
The highest British legislative institution is even more tied to the monarch, for all Members of Parliament, be they entitled to their posts by election or birth, be they republicans or monarchists, have to swear a special oath of allegiance to the sovereign before they can take up their seat.
www2.hu-berlin.de /monarchy/constitution/parliament.htm   (289 words)

 State Opening | Houses of Parliament   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The State Opening of Parliament for the 2005-06 Session took place on Tuesday 17 May 2005.
Following the State Opening, the government's programme as presented in the Queen's Speech, is debated by both Houses.
Following the general election on Thursday 7th June 2001, the new Parliament was summoned to meet on Wednesday 13 June.
www.parliament.uk /faq/lords_stateopening.cfm   (382 words)

HM The Queen will officially open the new session of parliament tomorrow (13th November), in a ceremony which takes place every November.
The State Opening of Parliament attracts crowds to the streets of London every Autumn, as the Queen travels by State Coach in a procession to the Palace of Westminster.
It is tradition for the monarch to open parliament in person, and The Queen has performed the ceremony in every year of her reign except for 1959 and 1963, when she was pregnant with princes Andrew and Edward respectively.
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 The Monarchy Today > Ceremonies & pageantry > State Opening of Parliament   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
She is usually accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and she travels in the State Coach to the Palace of Westminster.
The Queen's Speech to the members of both Houses of Parliament is written by the Government of the day, and outlines the legislation which the Government plans to introduce into Parliament in the coming session.
The Queen has opened Parliament every year of her reign except 1959 and 1963.
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 Parliament - House of Representatives 1854-2004 - NZHistory.net.nz   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Parliament first met in Auckland in May 1854, and in 1865 moved to Wellington, the capital city, where it has remained.
Today there are two parts to Parliament - the House of Representatives (or the lower house) and the Governor-General, but between 1854 and 1951, there was a third part, the Legislative Council (or the upper house).
The state opening takes place in the Legislative Council Chamber, and is a colourful affair that involves considerable ceremony and some very old traditions.
www.nzhistory.net.nz /politics/house-parliament   (3980 words)

 Driving UK - The State Opening of Parliament   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The State Opening of Parliament is a great opportunity to see some of the collection of Royal carriages, harness and horses in action.
Because the event is fairly late in the year the crowds are fairly low and it is always easy to get a good vantage point.
After Parliament has been opened the procession returns by the same route.
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 Sierra Leone: President: State House: Speeches: ON THE STATE OPENING OF PARLIAMENT - 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
This is because we have endeavoured to create an environment where a genuine multiparty democracy flourishes and where freedom of expression, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and human rights are protected.
For over thirty years our country has known nothing but totalitarianism, endemic corruption and privilege for the few: The political elite, bankrupt of ideas, created a hostile environment for progressive thinking and reduced most of the population to a state in which their attention was taken by the worries of daily existence.
Parliament rigorously examined and debated these programmes and approved them after being satisfied that the policies were sound and were on the right track in moving our country from a post-conflict phase to a development phase.
www.statehouse-sl.org /speeches/state-open-2005.html   (5784 words)

 Daily Nation On the Web
A motion on a new Bill which seeks to reduce the president's powers over Parliament is to be presented to the National Assembly.
It is part of the packed agenda for the fourth session of the Eight Parliament, which will be opened tomorrow by President Moi.
These clauses give the head of state control over the House calendar and empower him to call parliament and prorogue or dissolve it.
www.nationaudio.com /News/DailyNation/27032000/News/News5.html   (630 words)

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