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The State Opening of Parliament takes place annually in London at the beginning of the new parliamentary session, usually in November or December. MPs are summoned to hear the Queen’s Speech which sets out proposed government legislation for the coming year. MPs are summoned to the House of Lords by the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, who finds the door of the Commons slammed in his face as a symbol of their independence. Other rituals associated with the ceremony include a search of the cellars of the Palace of Westminster, a reminder of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, a hostage being held to guarantee the safety of the Queen, and the display of the Imperial State Crown, Sword of State and Cap of Maintenance in the Royal Gallery. The royal procession can be seen on the route from Buckingham Palace to Westminster. The Queen leaves at 11am in a horse drawn carriage, preceded by the Imperial State Crown which travels in its own carriage, with military bands and escort of the Household Division, which also line the route. The route follows The Mall, Horseguards Parade, Whitehall and Parliament Square, and the procession can be viewed at any point along the way.