In Pictures: The Queen’s Speech 2017

    The crown was driven in its very own car.

    The Queen's Speech happened on Wednesday 21 June – an annual event at the state opening of parliament, when the monarch reads out the British government's legislative plans to parliamentarians in the House of Lords.

    This year saw a scaled-back ceremony with the Queen arriving by car rather than carriage and not wearing the Imperial State Crown or the Robes of State. Take a look at this year's Queen's Speech in pictures.

    Yeomen of the Guard (also known as The Queen's Body Guard) arrive ahead of the state opening of parliament by Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster.

    Members of the Household Cavalry arrive before the ceremony.

    Yeomen of the Guard prepare for the ceremonial search of the cellars of the Palace of Westminster, which dates back to the 17th century.

    Queen Elizabeth II's Imperial State Crown is driven from Buckingham Palace to the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster.

    The Queen and Prince Charles leave Buckingham Palace on their journey to the House of Lords.

    Members of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms prepare in the Norman Porch for the arrival of the Queen.

    Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles walk through the Royal Gallery.

    The Queen and Prince Charles arrive in the House of Lords.

    Queen Elizabeth II makes a speech at the state opening of parliament.

    Finished for another year, the Queen leaves the Houses of Parliament after delivering the 2017 Queen's Speech.