Downing Street disclosed the date of the State Opening and the Queen's Speech as it confirmed that Parliament had been formally dissolved ahead of the General Election.
A statement from Number 10 said: "The new Parliament will be summoned to meet on Tuesday May 18, when the business will be the election of the Speaker and the swearing-in of Members.
"The State Opening of Parliament and the Queen's Speech will follow on Tuesday May 25."
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