Traditionally, the U.K. Parliament starts off every year with a speech by the current monarch, which outlines the direction the ruling party wants to take the government.
But the queen's speech might get delayed this year — and the government says paper is partially why.
Turns out the queen can't just print out her speech on a few sheets of A4. It has to be written on special goatskin paper — which, despite the name, doesn't involve actual goats.
The special paper ensures the speech will last longer in Parliament's national archives — but it also means the ink will need a few days to dry.
Normally this isn't a problem because both major parties already know what they want their government to look like. But the surprising election results have forced the ruling Conservative Party to negotiate with a regional party in Northern Ireland to maintain its majority.
Those talks are still going, which means it's too early to start putting a government together on paper — at least, on archival goat paper.