On the morning of May 8, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh attended, per tradition, the State Opening of Parliament at the palace of Westminster in London. For the first time in 17 years His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales attended today’s event — major historical significance here, people — and for the first time Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall was present.
Per tradition Her Majesty gave a speech — written by the Government and approved by the Cabinet — highlighting the government’s program for the year ahead. After the speech, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh along with Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall left the House of Lords. Then there after members of Parliament had a lively debate regarding the government’s program for — you guessed it — the year ahead.
For details about Her Majesty’s speech please click the links below: