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Lords Commissioners

The Lords Commissioners are appointed by the monarch as royal representatives in parliamentary matters.

Before a new Parliament is opened, the monarch confers his or her power and authority on the Commissioners.

They invite Members of Parliament to elect the Speaker who is then approved by the Commissioners, on behalf of the monarch.

The Commissioners also grant Royal Assent to bills on behalf of the monarch in order that they may become law.

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