On the day when a new Parliament is appointed to meet, the Lord President of the Privy Council (or most senior minister in the House of Lords) and four other Lords Commissioners, who must be members of the Privy Council1, take their seats on a bench in front of the Throne and direct the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to let the Commons know that the Lords Commissioners desire their attendance in the House of Lords to hear the commission read2.
As soon as the members of the House of Commons appear at the bar, the Lord President of
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