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In addition to the King’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament, formal Addresses to both Houses of Parliament are made by the Monarch.

State or other visits to the UK by leading figures may be marked by a speech given to Members of both Houses of Parliament. Formal Addresses to both Houses can be made by Heads of State and by other foreign leaders. In some circumstances, visiting foreign dignitaries give speeches in Parliament which are not formal Addresses.

The downloadable Excel file lists heads of state and dignitaries who have addressed MPs and Members of the House of Lords since 1935. Source details are available in the Excel file.

Further information 

Additional commentary and analysis from the Hansard Society can be found at Addresses to both Houses of Parliament and Trump, State Visits and Parliament: precedent and process.

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