She was accompanied by her eldest son, Prince Charles, after Buckingham Palace confirmed that her husband, Prince Philip, had been hospitalized with an infection.
His rare absence from the State Opening of Parliament added to the solemnity of an occasion where Prime Minister Theresa May is presenting a legislative program trimmed down following the loss of her majority.
There was also no mention of the promised free vote on fox hunting or of a state visit by Donald Trump.More news: Merkel urges EU to stick together after Brexit talks launched
Her plan to force pensioners to pay for residential care until they have just £100,000 in assets is also shelved with a promise to "work to improve social care" and "bring forward proposals for consultation".
After four terror attacks and a deadly tower block blaze that have darkened the national mood in the past three months, anti-government campaigners also staged "Day of Rage" protests that converged outside parliament.
The speech is a list of laws that the British government plans to bring forward in the coming year.
"But the invitation has been extended and accepted".
The Queen outlined the two-year government programme of laws and measures at the state opening of the British Parliament, the Guardian reported.More news: Berger retains St Jude Classic, Power & McDowell seven adrift in Memphis
I have previously lobbied for a review of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and I will push for this to be looked at as part of these plans having already been given assurances by the Prime Minister.
"Does the prime minister now agree with her predecessor that it is delusional to think that a policy of expanding the number of grammar schools is either a good idea, a sellable idea, or even a right idea?"
Veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner is well known for his annual heckling of Black Rod, the messenger who summons MPs into the House of Lords to hear the Queen's Speech.
In an apparent sign of recognition that she must seek a broad consensus for any Brexit deal, Mrs May said getting European Union withdrawal right will mean securing "a deal which delivers the result of last year's referendum and does so in a way that commands maximum public support".
For instance, Elizabeth arrived at Parliament in a auto, rather than a horse-drawn carriage, and delivered the speech in everyday dress, instead of the customary royal robes.More news: Tropical Storm Cindy: Street flooding likely Wednesday in New Orleans
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