Heads of state addressing UK parliament
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DateSpeakerTitleCountryWhere spokeYear
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25-May-11Barack ObamaPresident of the United States of America USWestminster Hall 2011
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17-Sep-10Pope Benedict XVI Pope Vatican cityWestminster Hall* 2010
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1-Apr-09Felipe Calderon Hinojosa President of Mexico MexicoQueen's Robing Room 2009
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19-Nov-08Shimon Peres President of Israel IsraelQueen's Robing Room 2008
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26-Mar-08Nicolas Sarkozy President of the French Republic FranceRoyal Gallery 2008
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15-May-07Bertie Ahern Taoiseach of Ireland IrelandRoyal Gallery 2007
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8-May-07Kofi Annan Former United Nations Secretary General GhanaRoyal Gallery 2007
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30-Apr-02Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee address to Parliament UK monarchWestminster Hall 2002
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6-Jul-00John Howard Prime Minister of Australia AustraliaRoyal Gallery 2000
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29-Oct-98Dr Carlos Menem President of the Argentine ArgentinaGrand Committee Room* 1998
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16-Jul-96Dalai Lama All-party group on Tibet TibetGrand Committee Room* 1996
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11-Jul-96Nelson Mandela President of South Africa South AfricaWestminster Hall 1996
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15-May-96Jacques Chirac President of the French Republic FranceRoyal Gallery 1996
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29-Nov-95Bill Clinton President of the United States of America USRoyal Gallery 1995
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6-May-95Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 50th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day UK monarchWestminster Hall 1995
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7-Dec-93Mikhail Gorbachev Inter-Parliamentary Union event RussiaGrand Committee Room* 1993
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5-May-93Nelson Mandela Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Committee South AfricaGrand Committee Room* 1993
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28-Apr-93Dr Mario Soares President of Portugal PortugalGrand Committee Room* 1993
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10-Nov-92Boris Yeltsin President of the Russian Federation RussiaRoyal Gallery 1992
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24-Oct-90Francesco Cossiga President of the Italian Republic ItalyRoyal Gallery 1990
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8-May-89Daniel Ortega President of Nicaragua - British-Nicaragua Parliamentary Group NicaraguaCommittee Room 14* 1989
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20-Jul-88Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Tercentenary of the Revolution of 1688-89 and the Bill of Rights UK monarchWestminster Hall 1988
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2-Jul-86Dr Richard Von Weizs├Ącker President of West Germany GermanyRoyal Gallery 1986
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28-Apr-86His Majesty Jan Carlos King of Spain SpainRoyal Gallery 1986
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23-Jan-86Shimon Peres Prime Minister of Israel - British-Israeli Parliamentary Group IsraelGrand Committee Room* 1986
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18-Dec-84Mikhail Gorbachev General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union RussiaGrand Committee Room* 1984
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24-Oct-84Francois Mitterrand President of the French Republic FranceRoyal Gallery 1984
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8-Jun-82Ronald Reagan President of the United States of America USRoyal Gallery 1982
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4-May-77Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee address to Parliament UK monarchWestminster Hall 1977
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23-Jun-76Valery Giscard d'Estaing President of the French Republic FranceRoyal Gallery 1976
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3-Mar-70Willy Brandt Chancellor of West Germany GermanyRoyal Gallery 1970
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28-Apr-69Giuseppe Saragat President of the Italian Republic ItalyRoyal Gallery 1969
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9-Feb-67Alexey Kosygin Prime Minister of the Soviet Union RussiaRoyal Gallery 1967
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28-Apr-66U Thant Secretary-General of the United Nations BurmaRoyal Gallery 1966
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22-Jun-65Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 700th Anniversary of the Parliament of Simon de Montford UK monarchRoyal Gallery 1965
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7-Apr-60General Charles de Gaulle President of the French Republic FranceWestminster Hall 1960
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24-Apr-56Marshal Nikolia Bulganin Prime Minister of the Soviet Union RussiaRoyal Gallery* 1956
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24-Apr-56Nikita Khruschev First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union RussiaRoyal Gallery* 1956
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22-Oct-54His Imperial Majesty Haile Salassie Emperor of Ethiopia EthiopiaRoyal Gallery 1954
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26-Oct-50His Majesty King George VI Opening of the new House of Commons Chamber UK monarchWestminster Hall 1950
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9-Mar-50Vincent Auriol President of the French Republic FranceRoyal Gallery 1950
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21-Aug-45His Majesty King George VI Victory in World War II UK monarchRoyal Gallery 1945
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17-May-45His Majesty King George VI Victory in Europe UK monarchRoyal Gallery 1945
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11-May-44Mackenzie King Prime Minister of Canada CanadaRoyal Gallery 1944
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21-Oct-42Field Marshall Jan Christiaan Smuts Prime Minister of South Africa South AfricaRoyal Gallery* 1942
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23-Mar-39Albert Lebrun President of France FranceWestminster Hall 1939
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*Members of both Houses present at the meeting but not a formal presentation to both Houses.
Note: The President of the United States George Bush was due to address both houses during his state
visit in November 2003 but this did not take place due to anti-war protests.
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