19 May 2016 - Queen Elizabeth II Presents UK Government Agenda
Angela Dewan (CNN, 18/05/2016)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II took a member of parliament hostage in her palace today before speaking in parliament to deliver the annual Queen's Speech. If the 90-year-old monarch returns home in one piece, her hostage will be freed.
It is just one of many centuries-old traditions surrounding the event to mark the start of the parliamentary year, in which Her Majesty delivers a speech written by the government, outlining its agenda.
Sitting on a throne in parliament's upper House of Lords, the bejeweled Queen sported a diamond-studded crown as she delivered the Conservative-led government's vision, highlighting a radical shake-up of its aging prison system as its centerpiece.
Ken Shepherd (The Washington Times, 18/05/2016)
A new “Universal Service Obligation will mean anyone can request a 10Mbps internet connection, and will be in line for compensation if the service is sub-par,” The Daily Mail reported.
In comparison, Statista.com notes that the “global average connection speed was 5.6 Mbps.” The European country with the highest average Internet connection at the end of 2015, was Sweden, at 19.1 Mbps.
(NBC News, 18/05/2016)
The Grenadier Guards await the departure of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace for the the opening of Parliament in London on May 18, 2016. The annual State Opening of Parliament is steeped in centuries-old symbolism of the power struggle between Parliament and the British monarchy. In a display of regal wealth and finery, the queen traveled from Buckingham Palace in the horse-drawn Diamond Jubilee State Coach, and delivered the speech -- written for her by the government -- wearing the Imperial State Crown.
John Crace (The Guardian, 18/05/2016)
Rowdy chatter from the far end of the chamber signalled the arrival of the MPs. Some of them had no manners. “My government will continue to...,” she began. A moment’s panic crossed her face. Had someone given her a copy of last year’s Queen’s speech? She could clearly remember announcing the northern powerhouse, a bill of rights and the anti-extremism bill and a number of other bits also felt worryingly familiar. Never mind. Every job had its downsides. The state opening of parliament just happened to be hers.
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