April 27, 2017 / 10:40 AM / 7 months ago

State opening of British parliament to be held on June 19 -PM May's spokesman

LONDON (Reuters) - Queen Elizabeth will formally open a new session of Britain’s parliament on June 19 after an early election on June 8, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday.

A union flag is seen near the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain April 18, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

The new parliament will be summoned on June 13, when it will elect a speaker. The members of parliament will then each take an oath ahead of the ceremonial state opening on June 19.

As part of the state opening, the Queen delivers a speech setting out the government’s policies and proposed legislation for the new session of parliament.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, editing by Elizabeth Piper

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