What is the Queen's Speech?
The Queen's Speech is the monarch's chance to tell Parliament what she wants them to do.
The Queen's Speech sets out what the Lords want to do over the next parliamentary session.
The Queen’s Speech sets out what the government plans to do over the next parliamentary session.
Why does it take place in the House of Lords?
The red benches in The House of Lords match the match the Queen's Robes of State.
The House of Lords holds more people.
The monarch isn't allowed to enter the House of Commons.
What does Black Rod do?
Black Rod guards the State Crown.
Black Rod leads MPs to the House of Lords after knocking on the door three times.
He knocks on the door to announce the Queen to the House of Lords.
Who writes the Queen's Speech?
The Queen writes her own speech.
All MPs contribute to the speech.
The elected government write it.
Can anyone besides the monarch call Parliament together?
No, only the monarch can call Parliament together.
Yes, the Speaker of the House of Commons can call Parliament together.
Yes, the Prime Minister can call Parliament together in the monarch's absence.
When does the State Opening of Parliament take place?
Whenever the monarch decides she wants to go to Parliament.
When Parliament reassembles after a general election, then at the start of each new Parliamentary session.
Only when Parliament reassembles after a general election.
What is the formal title of the Queen's Speech?
Her Majesty’s Most Gracious Speech or the Gracious Address.
The Queen's Most Gracious Speech.
The Monarch's Official State Opening of Parliament Address.