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In Pictures: The Queen’s Speech 2017

The crown was driven in its very own car.

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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.

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

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Matt Tucker is the UK Picture Editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

Contact Matthew Tucker at matthew.tucker@buzzfeed.com.

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