- (in the British Parliament) a speech reviewing domestic conditions and foreign relations, prepared by the ministry in the name of the sovereign, and read at the opening of the Parliament either by the sovereign in person or by commission.
Also called, when a queen is sovereign, Queen's speech.
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- (in Britain and the Commonwealth when the sovereign is male) another name for speech from the throne
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