oris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer have been debating the contents of the Queen’s Speech on Tuesday afternoon after ministers vowed to “turbocharge” the British economy.
Buckingham Palace on Monday announced the Queen, 96, would not attend the event due to “episodic mobility problems”. Her son the Prince of Wales will deliver the speech on her behalf and Prince William will also be in attendance.
The speech outlined 38 Bills, including seven measures scrapping EU regulation – covering areas from data reform to gene-editing to financial services.
It also contains measures aiming to crackdown on “guerrilla protests” with jail sentences of up to six months and unlimited fines for those who glue themselves to roads or “lock on” to public transport infrastructure.
Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the Queen’s Speech.
Prince Charles will set out the Government’s legislative agenda from 11.30am and will be standing in for the Queen, who pulled out due to “episodic mobility problems”.
The ceremony will begin with Prince Charles leading the royal procession into Parliament and the House of Lords, with the imperial state crown carried in front of him.
A senior officer – named the Black Rod – will then summon MPs from the House of Commons.
Prince Charles will then read out the speech in the House of Lords. The monarch will then leave the chamber and a new parliamentary session will begin.
A debate between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Labour party on the contents of the speech will follow.
Pictured: Yeoman of the guard take part in the traditional ‘Ceremonial Speech’
Queen watching ceremony from Windsor Castle
The Queen is understood to be watching the proceedings on television from Windsor Castle.
She will have her weekly phone audience with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday.
Imperial Crown transported to Palace of Westminster
The Regalia – the Imperial State Crown, the Cap of Maintenance and Sword of State – were transported to the Palace of Westminster in three state limousines ahead of the Queen’s speech.
In past years the symbolic items would have travelled in a carriage but this year vehicles are being used and a state limousine will also carry the royal party later.
PM leaves Downing St for Queen’s Speech
Home Office ministers ‘must tackle shameful collapse in prosecutions’
Sarah Jones, shadow policing minister, has criticised the Government’s public order bill after it was briefed ahead of the Queen’s Speech.
She said: “Home Office ministers should be asking themselves why they are taking no action to tackle the shameful collapse in prosecutions, put more rapists behind bars or crack down on criminal fraudsters scamming the vulnerable.
“After more than a decade of Tory government victims of crime are being let down. The government is completely out of ideas, and it is communities across the country who are paying the price.”
Duke of Cambridge enters Palace of Westminster
The Duke of Cambridge is being escorted into the Palace of Westminster, joined by Black Rod – who will summon MPs from the House of Commons.
He will wait in the robing room, where the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will arrive shortly.
Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive for ceremony
The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales are now entering the Palace of Westminster to the tune of the national anthem.
They will join the Duke of Cambridge in the robing room shortly.
Charles will then lead the royal procession into Parliament to begin the ceremony.