Queen Elizabeth opens UK parliament

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.

The helmet of a member of the Household Cavalry regiment, left, obscures his face as he struggles to keep control of his horse before Britain's Queen Elizabeth II left Buckingham Palace in her Irish State Coach, to deliver her speech at the State Opening of Parliament in London, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. The British government says it will announce legislation to tighten immigration rules, reform pensions and reduce red tape for business when it lays out its legislative plans for the next year. The measures will be announced by Queen Elizabeth II during the pageant of power, pomp and politics known as the State Opening of Parliament. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

The helmet of a member of the Household Cavalry regiment, left, obscures his face as he struggles to keep control of his horse before Britain's Queen Elizabeth II left Buckingham Palace in her Irish State Coach, to deliver her speech at the State Opening of Parliament in London, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. The British government says it will announce legislation to tighten immigration rules, reform pensions and reduce red tape for business when it lays out its legislative plans for the next year. The measures will be announced by Queen Elizabeth II during the pageant of power, pomp and politics known as the State Opening of Parliament. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Britain's Prince Charles, left, and Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall as they leave after the State Opening of Parliament, at the Houses of Parliament 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/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles with The Duke of Edinburgh, right, as they leave after the State Opening of Parliament, at the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. The State Opening of Parliament marks the formal start of the parliamentary year, the Queen will deliver a speech which will set out the government's agenda for the coming year. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she leaves the State Opening of Parliament, at the Houses of Parliament 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/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)

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)

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)

The Imperial State Crown is carried on a cushion as it arrives for the State Opening of Parliament, at the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. The State Opening of Parliament marks the formal start of the parliamentary year, the Queen will deliver a speech which will set out the government's agenda for the coming year. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth delivers her speech during the State Opening of Parliament at the House of Lords, alongside Prince Philip, centre right, 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)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth delivers her speech during the State Opening of Parliament at the House of Lords, alongside Prince Philip, centre right, 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)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth delivers her speech during the State Opening of Parliament at the House of Lords, alongside Prince Charles 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)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth delivers her speech during the State Opening of Parliament at the House of Lords, alongside Prince Charles 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)