I watched the Queen's Speech to Parliament on the BBC. It was a dry speech, fitted into only ten minutes. Her Majesty wore her regalia and diamond crown, and HRH the Duke wore a few gold decorations, to sit in the Royal chamber at Westminster. The members of parliament looked very sombre.
The Queen outlined the agenda for this her Diamond Jubilee Year, and wishes her government to concentrate on economic growth, by repealing unnecessary legislation that will promote enterprise and stimulate growth. She announced reform of the electricty market, hopefully affordable energy and fair prices.
The Audit Commission will be closed, and replaced by another body.
Regarding children and families, there will be the introduction of something more for disabled children, as well as reforms so that both parents share parental responsiblities to live a balanced work and home life.
More will be done to reduce and prevent crime, and tackle organised crime.
There will be improvement in the freedom of speech, and a reform of the law of defamation.
The Financial Stability Mechanism in the Euro area will be strenghtened. Creation of stability in Afghanistan and Non-proliferation of nuclear weapons in Iran are also priorities.
Her Majesty's agenda is for International Security and Prosperity worldwide.
"May God's guidance rest on the heads of those who carry out this counsel", was the Queen's invocation of blessings for her Ministers and the citizens of this land.