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Unforgettable Moments at the State Opening of Parliament Through the Years

The State Opening of Parliament has always been a highly anticipated event by politicians, peers, civil servants, and members of the Royal Household. Aside from its historical and political significance, the State Opening is also a showcase of priceless gems, lovely ladies in even lovelier gowns, and gentlemen at their best. Here are some unforgettable moments at the State Opening of Parliament through the years.

Queen Mary wearing her robes for the State Opening of Parliament, 1911.

Queen Elizabeth II delivers her speech at the State Opening of Parliament in 2008.

Diana, Princess of Wales, at the State Opening of Parliament, 1984.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Princess of Wales arriving at the State Opening
of Parliament, 1991.

The Queen at the State Opening of Parliament, 1954.

King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra at the State Opening of Parliament.

A painting showing King George V riding in the Gold State Coach during the State Opening of Parliament. 

King George V and Queen Mary at the State Opening of Parliament sometime
in the 1930s.

King Edward VIII at the State Opening of Parliament in November
1937. Less than a month later, he abdicated.

King George V and Queen Elizabeth.


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