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Wednesday, 20 June, 2001, 16:04 GMT 17:04 UK
Picture gallery: Queen's Speech
The Queen's Speech and the state opening of Parliament is the most lavish and colourful ceremony of the parliamentary session.

The Queen read the speech prepared for her by the government, setting out 20 Bills for the next 18 months. Here is the day in pictures.

Baroness Northover and her  eight-year-old daughter Louisa
Baroness Northover and her daughter Louisa watch Yeoman warders search the House of Lords

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at the Palace of Westminster in the Irish state coach

The royal gallery
The Queen and Prince Philip walk through the royal gallery to the House of Lords chamber

Law Lords
Law Lords wait on the cross benches in the House of Lords for the Queen's Speech

Tony Blair and William Hague
Prime Minister Tony Blair and Conservative leader William Hague in the Houses of Parliament's central lobby

Lady Thatcher
Lady Thatcher takes her seat in the House of Lords to listen to the Queen's Speech

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh
The Queen wore ceremonial dress as she outlined legislation for the coming parliamentary session

House of Lords
The Queen's speech outlined Labour's legislative programme

Peter Mandelson
Peter Mandelson and a parliamentary colleague at the state opening

The Queen's bodyguards relaxing after their traditional search of the House of Lords
Yeomen of the Guard Beefeaters take a glass of port on the terrace at the Houses of Parliament


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