THE QUEEN'S SPEECH
The Somerset Guardian, 16th October 2019
On Monday, Her Majesty came to Parliament to deliver her Queen’s Speech. It outlined the Government’s forthcoming business and laws that it wants Parliament to approve, forming part of the State Opening of Parliament ceremony and the official beginning of the Parliamentary year. The ceremony has existed in its current form since 1852 but the tradition can be traced back to the Sixteenth Century.
At the start of the procession, the Queen travels from Buckingham Palace to Westminster by carriage and is taken to the robing room to dress for her speech, which takes place in the House of Lords and is attended by Members of Parliament who have been summoned by Black Rod. The Imperial Crown, which symbolises the sovereignty of the Monarch, was placed on a cushion this time and carried ahead of Her Majesty, who wore a diamond diadem which undoubtedly weighed far less.
The Queen’s Speech, which is the first one to take place in two years, outlined the Prime Minister’s bold policies on health, crime, the environment and of course, Brexit, which were among twenty-six bills read out. With the Brexit deadline looming it was vital that Boris Johnson focused on important policy areas like education, the NHS and care for the elderly, which will benefit from further investment.
The Speech is followed by debates in the Commons and votes and the Chancellor will deliver his Autumn Budget on 6th November, six days after we leave the European Union (EU). This will be a strong, positive start to our exit whereby Sajid Javid will have the opportunity to detail the Government’s ambitious plans for growth and prosperity in a Britain finally free of the EU’s shackles.