Queen's Speech: Pomp, ritual in delivering UK gov't program

More widely, the speech proposes a new role of independent public advocate, who would help people affected by future disasters to access help and information.

London, Jun 21 Queen Elizabeth II today unveiled the government's scaled-down agenda in her speech dominated by a host of proposed new laws created to deliver a "smooth and orderly" divorce from the European Union amid the political uncertainty after Prime Minister Theresa May's poll debacle.

Even amid the gravity, frustration and uncertainty surrounding this year's speech, Skinner bore the great weight of his informal duty gladly, quipping about the queen's plans to catch a horse race later that day.

Prince Philip is missing what was likely to be his final appearance at the State Opening after being admitted to hospital with an infection last night.

The Queen extended her invitation to the newly-elected American president in January of 2017, an invitation which Trump then accepted.

Another detail earned notice for its absence: In a speech that traditionally notes important state visits - and this time around noted an upcoming visit from the king and queen of Spain - there's no mention of President Trump.

A Lords' spokesman said the only people required to bow were House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, Commons Clerk David Natzler, senior Lords official Black Rod and the Serjeant at Arms Kamal El-Hajji.

Francke said that while she welcomed the positive sentiment of the speech, as well as commitments such as doing more to tackle the gender pay gap and workplace discrimination and investing more into skills and infrastructure, she urged the government to adopt a more collaborative approach to negotiations and policy-making, integrating business leaders as well as opposition parties into the process to lay down the foundations for a successful Britain post-Brexit. Instead, the Conservatives lost seats and May still hasn't secured a deal with another party to insure Parliament will back the government's agenda.

"The election result was not the one I hoped for, but this government will respond with humility and resolve to the message the electorate sent", May said.

"In the light of the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, my government's counter-terrorism strategy will be reviewed to ensure that the police and security services have all the powers they need, and that the length of custodial sentences for terrorism-related offences are sufficient to keep the population safe", the Queen said.

But it seems that it was beleaguered Prime Minister Theresa May herself who had failed to observe the correct protocol.

She also tried to be softer period.

The Queen has taken part in the traditional Royal Ascot carriage procession - completing her dash from the State Opening of Parliament.

The Times branded May's administration the "stumbling husk of a zombie government" and said she was now "so weak that she can not arbitrate between squabbling cabinet ministers".

During Queen Elizabeth's speech this morning-an address to Parliament during which the monarch lays out the Prime Minister's legislative plans for the coming year-Trump was notably absent from a list of upcoming visitors to the UK.

  • Leroy Wright