UK govt says state opening of parliament to take place on Nov. 7

LONDON (Reuters) -The state opening of Britain’s parliament by King Charles is scheduled to take place on November 7, the first time he will oversee the formal start of the parliamentary year as monarch.

Charles ascended the British throne last September upon the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth. Earlier that year, in May, he had opened parliament on behalf of his mother.

The opening is the main ceremonial event of the parliamentary calendar, when the monarch sets out the government’s agenda for the coming session of parliament.

It is the only regular time when the sovereign, and the lower and upper houses of parliament all come together.

Penny Mordaunt, leader of the House of Commons, announced the opening date on Thursday.

(Reporting by Farouq Sulieman, writing by Sarah Young, Editing by Kylie MacLellan)