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In pictures: Speech from the Throne 2019
December 10, 2019

For the first time in Canada’s history, the Speech from the Throne was delivered in the new Senate of Canada Building.

Governor General Julie Payette read the speech from the monarch’s throne in the Red Chamber as senators, Supreme Court judges, MPs and other dignitaries looked on.

Here are some moments from the December 5, 2019, ceremony that launched Canada’s 43rd Parliament.

The Governor General’s Foot Guards Band assemble in the Senate Chamber galleries as members of the media await the beginning of the Speech from the Throne.

Speaker of the Senate George J. Furey addresses the Red Chamber prior to the arrival of the governor general.

The Usher of the Black Rod, J. Greg Peters, leads the official procession to the Red Chamber for the throne speech. Governor General Julie Payette and other dignitaries follow as part of the ceremony opening the 43rd Parliament.


Governor General Julie Payette greets senators inside the Senate Chamber before opening the 43rd Parliament.

All nine Supreme Court justices — dressed in their ceremonial robes — listen as Governor General Julie Payette delivers the Speech from the Throne.

By tradition, members of the House of Commons — except for the prime minister — must remain behind a brass bar at the entrance of the Senate Chamber to signify the two houses’ mutual independence.