Here's what was, and wasn't, in the Queen's Speech

Here's what was, and wasn't, in the Queen's Speech

The state opening of parliament by Queen Elizabeth II came after a string of tragedies which have shaken the nation, and the election on June 8 in which May's Conservatives saw their parliamentary majority wiped out.

The queen, at an occasion shorn of its usual pageantry, read out the watered-down list of proposed legislation and lawmakers will then spend the next few days debating before bringing it to a vote.

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Legislation around Brexit is therefore expected to take up most of the parliamentary session, which has been doubled in length to allow the bills to be passed alongside the Article 50 negotiations with the European Union over exit terms.

"A bill will be introduced to repeal the European Communities Act and provide certainty for individuals and businesses".

"They have got the right to bring forward their own programme, but I don't believe, actually, that they are legitimate in the sense that they have got a mandate that they asked for", Labour's shadow chancellor Jon McDonnell said.

With questions raised over the government's ongoing commitments to austerity in light of a General Election that saw the Conservatives losing their parliamentary majority, the speech also pledged to improve public finances, "while keeping taxes low".

Bills on trade and customs will be introduced - Brexit means Britain will try to strike new deals with the European Union but also with other nations that it was unable to negotiate with while an European Union member.

He has also heckled Black Rod during the Queen's Speech in past years.

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And there was expected to be minimal fanfare for the Queen's arrival, with no heralds present as she makes her procession to the Chamber of the House of Lords to take the throne and deliver her speech.

The Queen promised that government would review counter-terrorism laws in the wake of a series of deadly attacks in recent weeks.

Manifesto promises such as means-testing of winter fuel payments, the pensions triple lock, a free vote on fox hunting and abolishing free school lunches were nowhere to be seen in the speech, and other pledges received only a cursory mention.

The government has committed to deliver on its manifesto commitment to make funding fairer, following an earlier consultation on a new National Funding Formula.

She set out Prime Minister Theresa May's legislative programme for the next two years, concentrating largely on the upcoming Brexit negotiations.

Earlier this month, United Kingdom media reports suggested the US President had told Prime Minister May that he would not visit due to a lack of public support in Britain. She only talked about visits with confirmed dates and we do not yet have a confirmed date, a spokesperson said.

The Queen did mention one forthcoming state visit - that of King Felipe of Spain in July.

Footage of the 2016 and 2015 state openings of parliament show that David Cameron did not bow to the Queen either.

Philip was admitted to a private London hospital on Tuesday evening as a "precautionary measure" for treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition.