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Here's What The Queen Laid Out In Her Speech To Parliament

Like the State of the Union address in the U.S., the queen's speech usually outlines the ruling party's goals and proposals for the next year.
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Here's What The Queen Laid Out In Her Speech To Parliament

The new year started Wednesday for the U.K. Parliament as Queen Elizabeth II gave her annual address.

Like the State of the Union in the U.S., the queen's speech usually outlines goals and proposals for the next year. Though the queen reads the speech every year, Britain's ruling party actually writes it.

Parliament then votes on the agendas laid out in the speech.

The event is usually filled with pomp and circumstance, like royal robes and a horse-drawn carriage. But because of a recent snap election, Wednesday's event was more low-key.

major theme of this year's speech? Brexit.

The queen started by introducing at least eight different bills related to leaving the European Union. They touched on trade, fishing rights, nuclear safeguards and more.

She also addressed the need to review counterterrorism strategies after attacks in Manchester and London and expressed the government's commitment to the Paris agreement on climate change.

One topic notably left out of the speech: a state visit from President Donald Trump.

Proposed visits from heads of states are usually included — one for the king and queen of Spain was in this year's speech.

A British government spokesman said Trump's visit wasn't mentioned because a date hasn't been set.

Parliament now has several days to debate and vote on the speech's proposals.