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In Pictures: Pomp and pageantry at State Opening of Parliament

The Queen’s Speech sets out the Government’s agenda.

The Queen returns to Buckingham Palace in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach (Yui Mok/PA)
The Queen returns to Buckingham Palace in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach (Yui Mok/PA)

By PA Reporters

Boris Johnson has put a crackdown on violent and foreign criminals at the centre of the first Queen’s Speech of his premiership in a bid to “restore confidence” in the justice system.

Filled with pomp and ceremony, the speech sets out the Government’s agenda and outlines its proposed policies.

It is the only regular time when the three parts which make up Parliament – the Sovereign, the House of Lords and the House of Commons – come together.

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The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery proceed past Buckingham Palace ahead of the State Opening of Parliament (Yui Mok/PA)
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The ceremony has existed in its current form since 1852, when the Palace of Westminster was rebuilt after the 1834 fire (Victoria Jones/PA)
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The ceremonial event began with the Queen’s procession from Buckingham Palace to Parliament, during which she was escorted by the Household Cavalry (Yui Mok/PA)
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A search dog patrols the Royal Gallery (Leon Neal/PA)
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Members of the House of Lords arrive in the Chamber East Gallery (Toby Melville/PA)
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The scene in the House of Lords ahead of the State Opening of Parliament (Victoria Jones/PA)
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The Regalia: the Sword of State, the Imperial State Crown and the Cap of Maintenance are conveyed to the Palace of Westminster (Yui Mok/PA)
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Members of the public watched the speech on screens near Canada Gate (Yui Mok/PA)
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Members of the Household Cavalry arrive (Hannah McKay/PA)
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Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg in the Central Lobby (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)
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The Imperial State Crown is carried through the Sovereign’s Entrance (Hannah McKay/PA)
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The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during the State Opening of Parliament (Victoria Jones/PA)
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The speech included 26 Bills (Toby Melville/PA)
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Boris Johnson listens to the speech (House of Commons/PA)
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Carrie Symonds and Stanley Johnson, the partner and father of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in the Palace of Westminster, London, ahead of the State Opening of Parliament by Queen Elizabeth II, in the House of Lords. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday October 14, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Speech. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

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