Queen outlines UK government agenda in scaled-down speech
Jun 21 2017 by Lorena Waters
Instead, the speech was notable for the proposals May had meant to push through before the election but was forced to leave out because she wouldn't have the votes to get them through the Commons. Initial fears allayed, we've all been reminded that goatskin is not goatskin, even though there were worries about sourcing goatskin style parchment at such short notice.
This year, though, there was no procession, and the Queen wore her ordinary clothes, or "day dress", not the usual robes.
And if it doesn't look like a normal Queen's Speech, don't adjust your sets.
LONDON - While Theresa May did erase large areas of Conservative party policy from the Queen's Speech, one area that has survived intact is her commitment to a "Hard Brexit" and taking the United Kingdom out of the Customs Union and the Single Market.
British Prime Minister Theresa May will begin the delicate task of running a minority government on Wednesday by setting out a softer tone on Brexit as Queen Elizabeth formally opens parliament, Reuters reported.
The mainstream media will be confused and confounded by this Queen's Speech.
As expected the speech also promised a data protection bill, which will bring domestic legislation into line with the EU General Data Protection Regulation, which comes in to force in May next year. These days, it is written on parchment paper.
However, the Queen's Speech does not include this policy.
Asked about the state visit earlier this month, the London mayor said: "I don't think we should be rolling out the red carpet to the president of the U.S. in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for".
Peers take their seats in the House of Lords before the State Opening Of Parliament.
The primary issue was scheduling: the state opening is taking place only days after another huge annual event, Trooping the Color, a celebration of the queen's birthday.
How long have we had a Queen's Speech?
His rare absence from the State Opening of Parliament added to the solemnity of an occasion cherished by the British people and replete with tradition.
According to Politico, there will also be no horse-drawn carriages and the Queen will arrive by vehicle.
Veteran MP Dennis Skinner saw the amusing side of the Queen's diary predicament, and in his traditional heckle ahead of the Queen's speech joked that MPs and Black Rod should hurry up so she could make the first race at Royal Ascot.
Of course, this isn't the first stripped-back ceremony.
May's own position has been called into question ever since her decision to call a snap election.
When is the next Queen's Speech?
Ms May said the first priority was getting Brexit right, with the related legislation likely to form the lion's share of her agenda for a parliamentary session extended to two years in order to handle Britain's withdrawal.
But opposition parties have said it is a way for the government to avoid being voted down in a Queen's Speech next year, when talks in Brussels are expected to get tougher ahead of Britain's expected European Union exit in March 2019.