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Queen given special lift en route to State Opening

The Queen used a lift for the first time rather than the stairs to enter Parliament for the State Opening, avoiding her previous route up the 26 steps of the royal staircase at the Sovereign's Entrance.

Only pregnancies with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward have prevented the Queen performing her duty as Head of State to formally open each new session of Parliament during her 64-year reign. Credit: PA Wire

Buckingham Palace said the "modest adjustment" to arrangements had been made for "the Queen's comfort" a month after she celebrated her 90th birthday.

The route proved a quicker one for the monarch, who then headed to the Robing Room to put on the Royal Robes and the Imperial State Crown in the 64th year of her reign before delivering the Queen's Speech.

Labour attack PM's 'ludicrous' one nation speech claim

David Cameron's claim his legislative programme announced in the Queen's Speech represented a "one nation" agenda is "ludicrous", according to Labour's Jonathan Ashworth.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will later offer his response to David Cameron's policy agenda in the House of Commons after the pair heard the Queen's Speech in the Lords.

The shadow minister without portfolio said the speech showed the "failing Tory Government (was) running out of steam".

The flagship measure on prisons reform may seem familiar because it is. The Tories have been promising a rehabilitation revolution for nearly a decade but the reality is on their watch prisons have become dangerously overcrowded and understaffed, with rising levels of violence and drug abuse.

– Jonathan Ashworth

IDS accuses PM of ditching key Tory bill to boost EU vote

Former Cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith has accused David Cameron of ditching plans for a Soverereignty Bill from the Queen's Speech to boost the Remain vote in the EU referendum.

The prominent Leave campaigner claimed the Prime Minister had dropped several key elements of the Tory legislative programme because of the June 23 vote.

The Sovereignty Bill, which would establish UK courts over the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, was floated as a constitutional safeguard during the PM's renegotiation of Britain's EU membership earlier this year.

IDS quit the Cabinet in March shortly after declaring he would campaign for EU withdrawal. Credit: PA Wire

But the Queen's Speech made reference only that "my ministers will uphold the sovereignty of Parliament and the primacy of the House of Commons".

Speaking ahead of the address, Mr Duncan Smith said it appeared the Bill had been "tossed aside".

"The fear in Government must be that, as no-one in Britain buys the idea that the EU has been reformed, the Sovereignty Bill would draw the public's attention back to that failure," he said.

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Lib Dem leader Farron attacks 'weakened' Govt speech

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has attacked the Queen's Speech, claiming only two of the many measures announced on behalf of the Government were new.

His tweet references the Government's plans for satellite tracking tags that could see prisoners become weekend inmates while spending the rest of the week at home as they hold down jobs.

Reinforcing sovereignty 'barely visible' in Queen's Speech

The Queen in the House of Lords during her speech. Credit: Pool

ITV News' Political Editor Robert Peston said David Cameron's grand plan to reinforce sovereignty had shrunk to "barely visible" in the Queen's Speech.

He also tweeted:

Prison power reforms lead Queen's Speech measures

The Government's flagship plans for radical prison reforms, which will empower the governors at six jails, were confirmed by Her Majesty during the Queen's Speech.

Here is a summary of all the measures announced in the Lords:

Among the many measures being announced were for a new tax on sugary drinks, new saving schemes, heightened anti-extremism powers and proposals for a British Bill of Rights.

The Queen read this year's speech to a packed chamber.
The Queen departed the chamber with the help of the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Lords filed out ahead of a debate session in Parliament.

Dennis Skinner shouts 'hands off the BBC' to Black Rod

Dennis Skinner yelled "hands off the BBC" as Black Rod summoned the Commons to hear the Queen's speech.

It is the latest in a string of outbursts by the Labour MP - who is known as the Beast of Bolsover after his constituency.

In 2014, Skinner shouted "Coalition's last stand" as MPs were summoned to hear the Queen's Speech in the House of Lords.

Perhaps his most famous to date was when he called Prime Minister David Cameron 'dodgy Dave' during a session on his tax affairs.

He was ejected from the Commons after he repeatedly refused to withdraw the comment.

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