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Live Reporting

Aiden James, Kate Whannel and Esther Webber

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all, folks...

    Today's bit of traditional pomp and ceremony brings the Parliament elected in 2015 to a close.

    Westminster Live will be back after the general election when a new Parliament takes shape.

    You can follow the developments in the election campaign as they happen with BBC Politics online.

    Thank you for joining us - goodbye.

  2. Cuddles for Pickles

    House of Commons


    MPs leave the Commons

    The Speaker says that Parliament will be prorogued "until Tuesday, the second day of May".

    Parliament will not sit next Tuesday but instead will be formally dissolved at midnight.

    MPs now leave the chamber, shaking hands and exchanging words with the Speaker as they go.

    Former minister Sir Eric Pickles, who is standing down as an MP, gets a hug.

    John Bercow hugs Eric Pickles
  3. And they do it all again

    House of Commons


    John Bercow

    Well, after a fashion.

    Commons Speaker John Bercow now reads the titles of the bills that have just been granted royal assent.

  4. Back to the Commons

    MPs leave the House of Lords and cross the central lobby

    MPs leave the House of Lords and cross the central lobby back to the Commons chamber.

  5. 'La Reine le veult'

    House of Lords


    Clerk of the Parliaments Ed Ollard

    The new Clerk of the Parliaments, Ed Ollard, takes part in the ceremony announcing royal assent for Acts of Parliament.

    "La Reine le veult," he says - Norman French for "the Queen desires it".

    After that, Leader of the Lords Baroness Evans gives a speech on behalf of Her Majesty on the government's programme during the current session of Parliament.

  6. Doffing time

    House of Lords


    MPs in the Lords

    MPs arrive in the Lords and the male members of the Royal Commission doff their hats in greeting, while the female members bow their heads.

    Royal commission
  7. Black Rod summons MPs

    House of Commons


    Black Rod

    Black Rod delivers the Royal Commission's message to the Commons.

    "I wish I looked this good in tights!" a male voice is heard to say.

  8. Royal commission sends Black Rod to the Commons

    House of Lords


    House of Lords

    The Royal Commission takes its place, made up of the main party leaders in the Lords, plus the convener of the crossbench peers and the Lord Speaker.

    Black Rod is despatched to the Commons to summon MPs.

    House of Lords
    House of Lords
  9. Lords resumes

    House of Lords


    House of Lords

    Peers are back in the chamber for prorogation.

    The ceremony gets under way and the Lord Speaker appears.

    Leader of the Lords Baroness Evans announces that is has not been "convenient" for the Queen to attend so a Royal Commission will be formed.

  10. What is prorogation?

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    Video caption: La Reine le veult: What is prorogation?
  11. House adjourns until prorogation ceremony

    House of Lords


    The House adjourns until 5:15pm, when the prorogation ceremony will take place.