Definition of the State Opening of Parliament from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the State Opening of Parliament

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the official opening of each session (= series of meetings) of the British Parliament. The ceremony takes place each year in May or June, and after a change of government. The queen or king travels in a special coach (= a vehicle pulled by horses) to the Houses of Parliament, and makes the Queen's Speech (or King's Speech) to members of both Houses in the House of Lords.