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Wednesday, 13 November, 2002, 13:01 GMT
In pictures: Queen's Speech
The Queen's Speech is one of the most colourful and important occasions in the parliamentary calendar. BBC News Online takes a look at the event in pictures:

Queen arriving by carriage at House of Lords
The Queen travelled from Buckingham Palace by carriage

Black Rod, General Sir Michael Willcocks (left) and the Speaker of the House of Commons Michael Martin, lead MPs to the House of Lords
The formal ceremony is steeped in tradition

Prime Minister Tony Blair and Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith
It is a time when political parties can appear side by side

The Queen and Yeoman Warders, or Beefeaters, collecting lanterns ready to search the cellars of the Palace  of Westminster
Some traditions of the ceremony go back to the 17th Century

The Queen giving her speech from the throne in the House of Lords
The Queen reveals the governments plans for the next year

Health Secretary Alan Milburn (left) and Home Secretary David Blunkett Chancellor and Gordon Brown (left) and Prime Minister Tony Blair
For politicians it is the unveiling of their agenda

General view of the House of Lords
There is standing room only during the ceremony

Prime minister's wife, Cherie Blair (left) and the Deputy Prime Ministers wife, Pauline Prescott
The ceremony is a very formal affair


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