Queen Elizabeth opens UK parliament

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth, rear centre left, delivers her speech at the State Opening of Parliament, in the House of Lords in London Wednesday May 8, 2013..  The State Opening of Parliament marks the formal start of the parliamentary year, the Queen delivered a speech which set out the government's agenda for the coming year. (AP Photo/Toby Melville, Pool)

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The State Opening of Parliament is an event that marks the commencement of a session of the Parliament of the United Kingdom and includes a Speech from the Throne. Queen Elizabeth II, has opened every session of the Westminster Parliament since her accession, except in 1959 and 1963.

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