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|Queen's Speech to Major on Crime
- New legal measures likely, plus 24 hour drinking
THE QUEEN can put her domestic troubles aside today when she makes the Queen's Speech, an event that is one of Britain's annual political and heritage highlights.
In the speech, made in the House of Lords, the Queen will outline her government's plans for the coming year. Complete with full royal regalia including ermine and crown, the speech represents the British political system in its odd mixture of monarchy, tradition and democracy.
This year the speech is expected to concentrate on law and order, with the government keen to show it has new policies it believes will cut crime, particularly violent crime. These policies are likely to be legalistic in that they are set to end the famous Double Jeopardy rule where people cannot be tried for the same crime twice and to entail restrictions of the use of juries.
Also expected to be in the Queen's speech is an announcement finally ending Britain's restrictive alcohol consumption laws, a move which will pave the way for bars and pubs to be allowed to open for 24 hours a day.