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State Opening of Parliament - The Queens Guard, Yeoman Warder departs at The Houses of Parliament, Sovereign's Entrance at Victoria Tower on 21 June 2017. The Guard arrive depart after the monarch as Black Rod , Lt Gen David Leakey CMG CBE , looks on . State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday 21 June, outlining proposed policies and legislation. Due to the revised calendar the State Opening of Parliament took place place with reduced ceremonial elements. This change arose due to the unique circumstances of the general election .