When the monarch is not present in person to open the session of Parliament, the task is deputed to the Lords Commissioners, who are appointed by letters patent1. Lord President of the Privy Council (or most senior minister in the House of Lords) reads Her Majesty's Speech, and, except that there is no procession and that the Lords Commissioners request, instead of commanding, the attendance of the Commons, the proceedings are the same as when the monarch is present in person2.
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