Coverage is now over for the Queen’s Speech 2014 – Videos of the journey and the main speech are below
Queen rides new carriage made from Isaac Newton’s apple tree to Parliament.
Below is the best video online of the process:
It’s early morning at Blimey! towers on the east coast of North America, but perfect timing to watch the Queen’s Speech from the UK Houses of Parliament. The video is streaming right now on the BBC News website and no special things are needed to watch, they open up the viewing to everyone on special occasions.
This will be the 63rd time she has given her speech at the State Opening of Parliament.
The ceremony is very rich and elaborate with some interesting history behind it:
The Queen arrives at Sovereign’s Entrance and proceeds to the Robing Room. Wearing the Imperial State Crown and the Robe of State, she leads the Royal Procession through the Royal Gallery, packed with 600 guests, to the chamber of the House of Lords.
The House of Lords official known as ‘Black Rod’ is sent to summon the Commons. The doors to the Commons chamber are shut in his face: a practice dating back to the Civil War, symbolising the Commons’ independence from the monarchy. Black Rod strikes the door three times before it is opened. Members of the House of Commons then follow Black Rod and the Commons Speaker to the Lords chamber, standing at the opposite end to the Throne, known as the Bar of the House, to listen to the speech.
Click to go to the BBC Website for the live stream.