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Behind the scenes at Queen's Speech


With more than 500 years of history the State Opening is the most colourful and ceremonial occasion in the parliamentary year.

The Queen's Speech marks the start of a new session at Westminster, but what is the political significance of all that pomp and ceremony?

Ben Wright was given exclusive access throughout the Houses of Parliament to explain what it means.

(First broadcast Nov 2008)

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