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Happy Speech from the Throne Day (#SfT13)!

Happy Speech from the Throne -- or, as the twitterverse has officially dubbed it, #SfT13 -- Day, everyone!

With 8 hours to go until Governor General David Johnston delivers the much-anticipated address that will officially launch a new session of Parliament, most MPs will spend the morning sequestered in their respective party caucus rooms.

To mark the occasion, the PM has summoned duly accredited cameras and photographers -- but, interestingly, no other reporters -- to cover his traditional pre-session address.

The advisory makes it clear that today's event is a "photo opportunity only" affair, which suggests that the PM -- or, more likely, his communications staff -- may be keen to avoid a repeat of what happened the last time he invited the media into the Conservative caucus room.

In any case, the other party leaders -- as well as assorted MPs -- will doubtless make themselves available to the media after their respective closed-door confabs wrap up, which generally happens around noon, at which point the precinct will begin what will almost certainly seem like an impossibly long afternoon of waiting for the Governor General to arrive.

According to the unofficial programme, he's currently scheduled to make his appearance at 4:30 pm, with the Speech itself expected to begin at approximately 5pm.

You can follow the pre- and post-Speech festivities in real-time on our special Throne Speech liveblog, and we'll also be talking #SfT13 during our weekly live chat, which will get rolling at 12pm ET.

For up to the minute dispatches from the precinct and beyond, keep your eye on the Parliament Hill Ticker below -- or, alternatively, bookmark it and check back throughout the day. 

Mobile-friendly auto-updating text feed available here

NOTE: Updates added in reverse chronological (newer to older) order.

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