Queen's Speech


Queen's Speech
Queen's Speech (or King's Speech in a king's reign) noun
1. The sovereign's address to parliament at its annual opening ceremony, describing proposed government legislation
2. An address to the nation and Commonwealth by the sovereign on Christmas day, broadcast on television and radio
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Main Entry:queen

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Queen's speech,
a speech read by the queen at the opening of the British Parliament, prepared by the ministers of the government to explain domestic and foreign policy. Also (when the ruler is a king) King's speech.

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the ˌQueen's ˈSpeech 7 [Queen's Speech] noun singular
in the UK, a statement read by the Queen at the start of a new Parliament, which contains details of the government's plans
 
Culture:
The speech is written for the Queen by members of the government. It is an important occasion and is broadcast on television and radio. When a king is ruling it becomes the King’s Speech.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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