As the ceremonial drapery is folded away and parliament gets back to normal, we're now asking: did it work?
All the details of the state opening of parliament in politics.co.uk's live blog.
Only in this setting would a group of politicians, informed of their imminent demise, decline from yelling out their objections. In the presence of the Queen, at least, the Lords were keeping their noble mouths shut.
All the details of Queen's Speech 2012 and what it means for politics in the year ahead.
The looming Lords reform struggle is overshadowing bills which the Queen has said will "restore economic stability" in her Speech to parliament.
The government has triggered a bitter row in Westminster by trying to extend the current parliament into 2012.
Watch highlights from David Cameron and Harriet Harman's contributions to the Queen's Speech debate here.
David Cameron's pledge to ignore rules allowing Gordon Brown to hold onto power for an extra week after a defeat could spell a dangerous period for the monarchy, said a republican pressure group.
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All the details on the bills announced by the Queen during the state opening of parliament today.
The Queen will be wondering why she bothered.
All the latest reactions to the Queen's Speech.
Today's Queen's Speech gives us the clearest indication yet of the shape of things to come.
Watch the full video of the Queen's Speech
David Cameron's attempts to wind Gordon Brown up appeared to be succeeding. But a burst of unexpected comedy from the prime minister helped restore his benevolent mood.
The Queen's Speech should be scrapped this year and replaced with thorough implementation of reforms to parliament, Nick Clegg said this morning.
What's in this year's Queen's Speech?
The Queen's Speech will take place on Wednesday November 18th, signalling the start of the parliamentary year.
The full list of bills in the Queen's Speech 2008.
The Queen has outlined the government's legislation, surrounded by the pomp and ceremony of the opening of parliament.
Good morning and welcome to the opening of parliament. Also on our agenda today is the first day of debate and any trouble over the Damian green affair.
The Queen's Speech today confirmed the government will bring forth a bill "to strengthen the National Health Service".
Today's Queen's Speech has established that the government will bring forth a policing and crime reduction bill. It aims to increase the effectiveness and public accountability of policing.
The Queen Speech's today confirmed the government's plan to bring forth an equality bill, which puts all previous equality legislation in one place.
The Queen's Speech today put forward more support for the financial sector as the government seeks to take the UK out of recession.