Canada's throne speech takes its traditions from the mother of parliaments, Westminster — albeit with a Canadian slant.

In the UK, for example, the Yeoman of the Guard conduct a ceremonial search of the cellars beneath parliament before the Queen's Speech — a tradition first born of necessity after the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

Also, as a reminder to the limits of the monarchy's power over the democratically elected House of Commons, a copy of the death warrant for Charles I hangs on the wall of the robing room the Queen uses before delivering the speech.

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Regal: The Queen takes her place in the UK House of Lords to deliver her address at the State Opening of Parliament in 2013. (Roger Harris/House of Lords)

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Vice-regal: Gov. Gen. David Johnston delivers the speech from the throne in the Senate chamber in 2013. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Canada's traditions are less... stern

In Ottawa, the Governor General is conveyed to Parliament Hill by a regal (or, rather, vice-regal) horse-drawn carriage — unless, of course, it's too cold. In that case, he or she takes a car up to the Hill.

The Queen's representative to Canada also delivers the speech usually dressed in a smart suit or dress — without the Crown and jewels.

For more on the history of the throne speech's pomp and ceremony, watch the video in the player above or here.

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