he State Opening of Parliament will take place next week after parliament was prorogued on April 28 and the 2021-2022 session came to a close.
The ceremonial event will mark the start of the 2022-2023 parliamentary year and the Queen will make a speech to set out the agenda for the next parliamentary session.
But as the Queen has been unable to attend official events in recent months, will she make a speech and who will take her place if she doesn’t?
When is the State Opening of Parliament 2022?
The next State Opening of Parliament will take place on Tuesday, May 10. In previous years, the most important parts of the ceremony took place between 11am and 12.30pm.
Coverage will begin on the BBC at 10.30am and will end at 12.15pm. The Queen’s speech will be broadcast on BBC One at 2.20pm and will last 10 minutes.
What is prorogation?
Prorogation marks the formal end of the Parliamentary session. On April 28, the Queen formally prorogued parliament and an announcement was made on her behalf in the House of Lords Chamber.
What is the State Opening of Parliament?
The State Opening of Parliament marks the start of the parliamentary year. The Queen usually makes a speech which sets out the government’s agenda and outlines the proposed policies and legislation.
Will the Queen make a speech this year?
Although she has been unable to attend some events recently, the Queen is set to make the Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament this year.
She has only missed it twice in her 70 year reign–in 1959 and in 1963 when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, respectively.
The Lord Chancellor at the time delivered her speech instead.
Should the Queen miss this year’s speech for whatever reason, Dominic Raab could deliver the speech instead, as he is Lord Chancellor.
Alternatively, Prince Charles may deliver the speech, according to The Sun, which reported that backup plans are in place in case the Queen cannot attend.