Queen's Speech delivered with heavy sarcasm
HER Majesty Queen Elizabeth II delivered her speech to Parliament while rolling her eyes and sighing theatrically.
The monarch, whose annual speech sets the government’s agenda for the coming year, began in a facetious sing-song laying particular bored emphasis on the repeated phrase ‘my Government’.
Conservative MPs claim promises to introduce legislation were gabbled through so quickly they were unintelligible, and when motioned by the Speaker of the House the Queen slowed her speech to a robotic monotone.
Heaviest sarcasm was reserved for the passages about new measures to help families, where in response to black looks from the chancellor the Queen affected an artificially bright and cheerful tone while grimacing.
Foreign secretary William Hague said: “She clearly didn’t mean a word of what she was saying, even before she muttered ‘and that was the headline of tomorrow’s Daily Mail,’ at the end.
“But it hasn’t changed my absolute, unstinting support for the Royal Family, God preserve and keep them.”
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls said: “I did like the bit where she pretended the stuff about competition legislation had bored her to sleep, letting her head fall sideways until her crown nearly fell off.
“That was funny, although far from ideal.”
Following the speech, Queen Elizabeth was returned to Buckingham Palace by carriage, waving and flicking the traditional just-out-of-sight V-signs at her adoring public.