Queen Elizabeth opens UK parliament

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)

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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.

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