In Pictures:State opening of Parliament
Searching the cellars

The day begins at 10am when the Yeomen of the Guard the royal bodyguards otherwise known as Beefeaters search the cellars of the Houses of Parliament.

This tradition dates back to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 when Guy Fawkes tried to blow up Parliament.

Today, officers from the Metropolitan police join the Yeomen in their search.

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