With the Queen’s speech taking place on Tuesday 11 May, we’ve gone through some of the weird and wacky traditions that take place during the ceremony.

Dating back to the 14th century, the State Opening of Parliament is steeped in history and conflict – with beheadings, gunpowder plots and angry northern MPs all a feature!

Although the pandemic has disrupted some of these traditions, keep an eye out for the odd quirks we’ve highlighted.