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.
This was missing from the Queen's Speech and the detailed documents published by the Government to accompany it.
She said: "There is an assumption in the Queen's Speech that when powers over agriculture and fisheries return from the EU, that a UK framework will be established.
The MP dubbed the Beast of Bolsover's annual quip at Black Rod was in reference to the Queen's planned attendance at Royal Ascot on Wednesda afternoon after she had delivered the Queen's Speech.
By nature, the Queen's Speech lacks the detail many businesses want to see to understand the potential impact of proposed legislation.
The Queen's Speech has already been delayed for the first time in almost a century due to the chaotic negotiations between the two sides.
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.
Mr Corbyn believes that without an outright majority Mrs May's position is vulnerable and he intends to oppose the Queen's Speech in an attempt to bring down her administration.