The Queen then took her place on the Great Throne in the House of Lords, and gave the signal for MPs to be summoned, her first major royal duty since Prince Philip’s funeral. The State Opening of Parliament is usually the most colourful event of the parliamentary year and is steeped in tradition.
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The Queen and Prince Philip pictured during the opening of Parliament in 2013
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