Westminster Gov UK photo copyrighted by: Brian McMorrow
Control of the Palace of Westminster and its precincts
was for centuries exercised by the Queen's
representative, the Lord Great Chamberlain. By agreement with the Crown, control passed to the two Houses in 1965. It is one of the largest medieval halls in Europe with an unsupported roof. The roof was originally supported by two rows of pillars, but the present magnificent hammer beam roof was designed in the reign of Richard II.
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