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The monarchy holds a prominent place in British political life. As noted in Erskine May, Parliament can be regarded as the sovereign, the House of Lords and the House of Commons. Collectively they form the legislature, and as distinct parts of the constitution they exercise functions and enjoy privileges peculiar to each.

Originally published in 2016 as part of a briefing examining the role of the sovereign as part of the constitution of Parliament, the following presents a brief updated overview of the Queen’s participation in key parliamentary events since she ascended to the throne.


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