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Last Updated: Tuesday May 17 2005 14:35 GMT

In pictures: The Queen's Speech

The Queen's speech sets out the government's plans for change over the next year. Steeped in tradition, it usually takes place in November, but this year it follows the General Election

The Queen's speech sets out the government's plans for change over the next year. Steeped in tradition, it usually takes place in November, but this year it follows the General Election

Palace of Westminster

Police seal off the Palace of Westminster before the State Opening of Parliament

Yeoman of the Guard

A Yeoman of the Guard prepares for the arrival of the Queen

The Queen on her way to Buckingham Palace

The Queen leaves Buckingham Palace and rides in the Royal carriage to the House of Lords

Horse Guards

The Horse Guards follow the Queen as she heads to the Palace of Westminster

The Queen in the Royal carriage

The Queen nods to her Horse Guards as she rides to Westminster

The Queen and Prince Philip

The Queen, accompanied by her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, steps out of her carriage at Westminster

The Lord Chancellor kneels before the Queen

The Queen takes her speech from the Lord Chancellor in the House of Lords

The Queen delivers her speech

The Queen sets out the government's plans in her speech to Members of Parliament (MPs)

A Horse Guard

A Horse Guard takes a rest during the State Opening of Parliament