KING Charles is set to deliver the King's Speech as part of the State Opening of Parliament.
The occasion will mark the monarch's first King's Speech since assuming the throne – but what time will it take place and what is he expected to say? Here's everything you need to know.
What time is the King's speech?
Ahead of the ceremony the King will travel from Buckingham Palace to Parliament where he will then read a speech, written by Rishi Sunak's Government, to MPs and peers in the House of Lords.
King Charles will deliver the King's speech today (Tuesday, November 7, 2023).
The speech is expected to begin after Charles takes to the throne at around 11.30am.
Also holding a key role at King Charles’ first State Opening of Parliament is Princess Anne.
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The Royal will act as the Gold-Stick-in-Waiting, an enormous and much deserved privilege awarded for her decades of loyalty.
On completion of the speech, the procession will then return to the Robing Room before the King makes his way back to the Palace.
What is King Charles expected to say at the State Opening of Parliament?
The King’s speech sets out the government’s legislative and policy proposals for the forthcoming parliamentary session.
According to the government website: ''The Speech will focus on putting in the right laws, where we need them, to safeguard the future prosperity of the United Kingdom, seize economic opportunities and deliver a brighter future.''
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A number of topics are expected to be covered in today's speech including leasehold reform – plans to ''phase out'' leaseholds which are set to include banning new leasehold houses so all new houses are freehold from the outset.
Other topics include criminal justice, with the speech rumoured to cover plans to force offenders to be in court for their sentencing and a new criminal justice bill that includes tougher sentencing for serious crimes.
Aside from the King's speech is expected to also discuss football regulation.
In his Speech at the State Opening of Parliament, the King will confirm that his Government is going ahead with plans to create a new body to oversee the game.
The move, recommended by the fan-led review which was fronted by former sports minister Tracey Crouch, has cross-party support.
Other topics expected to be covered include smoking and oil and gas licences.
King Charles is also expected to pay tribute to his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Who else will speak at the State Opening of Parliament?
When the Monarch leaves, a new parliamentary session starts, which will see service resume as normal in Parliament once again.
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The House will be suspended until 2.30pm, and then the debate on the speech will begin.
Both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, Sir Keir Starmer will be invited to speak.
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