State Opening of Parliament

Queen Elizabeth II opened the British Parliament in this annual ceremony at the House of Lords. She proceeded into the House of Lords… read more

Queen Elizabeth II opened the British Parliament in this annual ceremony at the House of Lords. She proceeded into the House of Lords and then send the Gentleman of the Black Rod to invite the assembled Commons' members in to listen to her remarks. In her remarks, she outlined the agenda of the governing administration. Preliminary activities and processions were shown with voiceover commentary by Vivian White. A taped interview with Speaker Betty Boothroyd was shown. This opening marked the transition of majority power to the Labour Party, led by Tony Blair who will succeed John Major as prime minister. close

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State Opening of Parliament

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Program ID:
81206-1
Category:
International Telecasts
Format:
Broadcast
Location:
London, United Kingdom
First Aired:
May 14, 1997
Last Aired:
May 19, 1997

Airing Details

  • May 14, 1997 | 5:40am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 18, 1997 | 9:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 19, 1997 | 12:01am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 19, 1997 | 3:01am EDT | C-SPAN 2