It is a day of full-on pomp and ceremony in the Palace of Westminster with age-old traditions whose origins are in the medieval past.
But the State Opening of Parliament saw Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn engage in one of the newer political traditions today - the awkward silent walk to the Lords.
The usually gregarious Prime Minister attempted to strike up a conversation with Mr Corbyn as he and the left-wing leader led MPs to the House of Lords for the Queen's Speech.
But while Mr Corbyn had a warm greeting for Ian Blackford, the SNP's Westminster leader, he made little attempt to engage with his Tory rival.
They walked in uncomfortable near-silence through the lobby separating the two chambers, at the head of a column of politicians, recreating a scene common at recent State Openings.
A lip-reading analysis of their journey revealed that Mr Johnson asked his Labour counterpart at one point: 'How's it going?'
But while Mr Corbyn had a warm greeting for Ian Blackford, the SNP's Westminster leader, he made little attempt to engage with his Tory rival today (pictured)
Perhaps simmering at his failure to win power, Mr Corbyn also ignored Mr Johnson's predecessor Theresa May as they led the procession that followed the 2017 General Election, which resulted in the current hung Parliament.
And he also found it hard to strike up a conversation with David Cameron at the same event the previous year.
But it is not just Mr Corbyn who prefers a silent walk. Mr Cameron and Harriet Harman shared an equally frosty walk to the Lords in 2015, following the election of the first Tory majority Government since 1992.
It took place while Ms Harman was stand-in leader following the resignation of Ed Miliband and before Mr Corbyn was elected.
They walked in uncomfortable silence through the lobby separating the two chambers, at the head of a column of politicians, recreating a frigid scene common at recent State Openings
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