Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sits on the throne waiting for members of the House of Commons to arrive so that she can read the Queen's Speech during the State Opening of Parliament in London on May 18, 2016.

The State Opening of Parliament marks the formal start of the parliamentary year and the Queen's Speech sets out the governments agenda for the coming session.  / AFP / POOL / ALASTAIR GRANT        (Photo credit should read ALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/Getty Images)