How did the British Parliament develop?

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This is rather a broad question that could be answered in a variety of ways.

To start at the beginning, the Parliament originally developed out of the monarch's court.  In the early monarchy, the king (usually a king rather than a queen) would sometimes gather his court and discuss issues with them, asking for their advice.  This was done informally.

As the nobles of the court got more power, this became a more formal arrangement and Parliament became something of an institution.  Over the years, the kings were forced to include more people from a variety of backgrounds in the Parliament as power spread to people of other classes.

Parliament took more an more power from the monarchy over the years until (by the mid-1600s) Britain had a parliamentary or constitutional monarchy in which Parliament held a great deal of power.

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