Sarah Reynolds

Processional Route for 2016 State Opening of Parliament

Each year, Queen Elizabeth II takes part in the State Opening of Parliament. The event “marks the formal start of the parliamentary year and the Queen’s Speech sets out the British government’s agenda for the coming session, outlining proposed policies and legislation. It is the only regular occasion when the three constituent parts of Parliament – the Sovereign, the House of Lords and the House of Commons – meet.”

This year, the State Opening of Parliament will take place on Wednesday, 18th May 2016 and visitors to London will get the opportunity to see the Queen on her way to and from the Houses of Parliament. Escorted by the Household Cavalry, Her Majesty The Queen leaves Buckingham Palace in a carriage procession to the Houses of Parliament, which is lined by the three Services (Army, Navy and RAF).

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on Whitehall, on their way to the Houses of Parliament. Photo Credit: ©Crown Copyright. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on Whitehall, on their way to the Houses of Parliament. Photo Credit: ©Crown Copyright.

The schedule of events for the Opening of Parliament is as follows:

10:30 am: A Guard of Honour, of 104 men, is positioned in Queen’s Gardens and accompanied by the Band of the Regiment and the Corps of Drums of the Battalion. Additionally the Processional Route is lined by service men and women.

10:37 am: The Crown Procession, consisting of 2 carriages with a Regalia Escort of the Household Cavalry, will leave Buckingham Palace. At the same time a Guard of Honour, of 104 men, is positioned at the House of Lords and accompanied by the Band of the Regiment and the Corps of Drums of the Battalion.

10:42 am: A Carriage Procession of HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall accompanied by a Mounted Escort of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment will leave Buckingham Palace. Also a Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (Dismounted) will be in position on the staircase inside the House of Lords.

11:00 am: The Procession of Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by The Sovereign’s Escort will leave Buckingham Palace.

11:08 am: The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery supported by the Band of the Royal Artillery, will be position in Green Park and will fire a Royal Salute of 41 Guns. The first round will fire as Her Majesty reaches the House of Lords.

12:00 pm: A Royal Salute will be fired by The Honourable Artillery Company at Her Majesty’s Tower of London.

12:15 pm: The Procession of Her Majesty The Queen will return to Buckingham Palace from the House of Lords by the same Processional Route followed by those of HRH The Prince of Wales and The Crown. Once Her Majesty has returned, The King’s Troop, the Sovereign’s Escort and Guard of Honour will March Past Her Majesty.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on Whitehall, on their way to the Houses of Parliament. Photo Credit: ©Crown Copyright. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on Whitehall, on their way to the Houses of Parliament. Photo Credit: ©Crown Copyright.

Sarah Reynolds

I have been a London Blue Badge guide for 33 years now but there is still so much more to be discovered. I love showing people the city and country I love and enjoy researching for special interest visits too. I studied German at university here in London and…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may also like

Top 10 Facts About Royal London

English and British Monarchs have lived in and around London for over a thousand years in a variety of palaces; some still standing, others long-gone. But the area now known as ‘Royal London’ has consistently been at the heart of royal life, with regal residences at Westminster, Whitehall, Buckingham and St James’s Place and at Clarence and Carlton Houses.

Read more

Royal Babies – Joy, Hope & Stability

On 23rd April 2018, Prince Louis Arthur Charles was born in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital located in the Paddington are in London. This is a most auspicious date, as it is the Feast of St George, patron saint of England. It is also traditionally the birthday of our most famous writer William Shakespeare.

Read more