Speech from the Throne

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an address given by a monarch to open, and sometimes to adjourn, a session of Parliament. This tradition in English parliamentary procedure developed during the 13th and 14th centuries. The modern equivalent is found in other countries with monarchical forms of government. The speech from the throne, written by government officials, is Parliament’s legislative agenda for that session. The speech is read either by the monarch in person or by an appointed state official (for example, the lord chancellor in Great Britain). Parliament’s approval of the speech from the throne is the same as a vote of confidence in the government.

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They were cheering the fact that with the help of the DUP they had just defeated a Labour amendment to the Queen's speech to give state employees a rise above the 1% that has been in place since 2010.
The first race is at half-past two" - Quip from Labour MP Dennis Skinner on the monarch's plan to travel to Royal Ascot after delivering the Queen's Speech.
Her Majesty has launched many ships in her time, never such an empty vessel as the one today" Outgoing Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron on the Queen's Speech.
Of 27 Bills and draft bills unveiled in her first Queen's Speech yesterday, eight are devoted to the complex process of withdrawal from the EU, including a Repeal Bill to overturn the 1972 Act which took Britain into the European Economic Community and separate Bills on customs, trade, immigration, fisheries, agriculture, nuclear safeguards and the international sanctions regime.
Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce chief executive Paul Faulkner said: "The Queen's Speech offers promise of action on some area of major concern raised by local businesses.
This was missing from the Queen's Speech and the detailed documents published by the Government to accompany it.
Neath MP Ms Rees said: "This Queen's speech is the latest example of the disrespect and disregard that Theresa May's Tories have for Wales.
Of 27 Bills and draft bills unveiled in her first Queen's Speech, eight are devoted to the complex process of withdrawal from the EU, including a Repeal Bill to overturn the 1972 Act which took Britain into the European Economic Community and separate Bills on customs, trade, immigration, fisheries, agriculture, nuclear safeguards and the international sanctions regime.
Three protests, including a "day of rage" demonstration, are being held to coincide with the Queen's Speech, the formal unveiling of the government's legislative agenda, RT reported.
FLOUNDERING Theresa May will unveil her first Queen's Speech today - with her plans for a Tory/DUP alliance in chaos.