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Queen's Speech 2021 - State Opening

Queen’s Speech 2021 – State opening

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Queen’s Speech 2021 – State opening – of parliament

Queen Elizabeth II has opened the new parliamentary session. The state opening marks a rare convergence of the House of Lords, the House of Commons, and the monarch.

In a ten-minute speech in the House of Lords, she highlighted 30 laws that ministers intend to pass in the coming year.

The Queen said the government would “deliver a national recovery from the pandemic that makes the United Kingdom stronger, healthier and more prosperous than before”.

She said the government would “strengthen the economic ties across the union, investing in and improving national infrastructure”.

This year’s ceremony was reduced, to make it a COVID-secure event.

There were about 30 separate bills and pieces of legislation in the speech, according to reports.  Measures to tackle voting fraud are to be introduced. Rules will be tightened on absent voting and voter intimidation as the Government aims to “stamp out” fraud.

The controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which caused a series of protests when it was debated by MPs earlier this year, is  included.

The Environment Bill, which focuses on protecting nature and tackling climate change post-Brexit, and has seen lengthy delays, will also be on the table.

Earlier, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government’s plans would put “rocket boosters” under its “levelling up” agenda.

The State Opening was the Queen’s first major public engagement since the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.  There were no robes, crown or coach and horses. But a simple journey to Westminster by car from Buckingham Palace. Her son, Prince Charles escorted the Queen in the event.

Labour has called on the government to deliver “action” rather than “rhetoric”.

video: BBC

presenters: Huw Edwards and Laura Kuenssberg

Did you watch the ceremony?  What did you think?  Did you prefer the scaled down event?

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