The traditional summoning of Brittain's lawmakers to hear the Queen's speech, when the government's plans for the parliamentary's session ahead are laid out. But Wednesday's event comes with a government in disarray, stripped of its majority after a disastrous election. Prime Minister Theresa May now trying to strike a deal with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party.
She needs their votes in order to pass any legislation.>> My government's priority is to secure the best possible deal as the country leaves the European Union.>> Brexit front and center though. Some on social media even seeing a coded message in the Queen's hat. Suspiciously similar to the European flag.
The government toning down earlier tough talk, now promising to work with businesses to secure the widest possible consensus. A repeal bill to replace EU legislation with British laws will be followed by bills on subjects ranging from immigration to fisheries. The Grenfell tower blaze seen by critics as a symbol of Britain's divided society also mentioned.
>> My government will take forward measures to introduce an independent public advocate who will act for bereaved families after a public disaster.>> That's on top of a full public inquiry. But Wednesday's speech is noticable for what was left out. No mention of controversial plans for elderly people to pay more for their social care.
Dubbed the dementia tax by May's opponents, that idea was seen as one factor in her election setback. No mention, too, of controversial plans to lift a ban on fox hunting. And no mention of this guy. Donald Trump's state visit not making it into the speech, leading some to suspect a cancellation.
Downing Street says that they're yet to fix a date. But with functioning government still far from assured, that's just one of the many things left a little uncertain.