Hostage-taking, a gold stick and Black Rod. What to look out for in the Queen’s Speech

London (CNN)Even by British standards, the pomp and pageantry of the State Opening of Parliament is off the scale. Here’s how the whole event will go down. The background The state opening of parliament is an event unique in the UK ceremonial calendar in that it brings together in one place the three branches of the government — the legislature, the executive and the judiciary, along with the monarch. The last full ceremonial State Opening of Parliament was on May 18, 2016, when former Prime Minister David Cameron launched a…

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