How the 2016 version of the Queen's speech compared to what was said in previous years


The Queen returned to Parliament for the State Opening of Parliament - a duty she has performed 63 times.

There was one slight difference to proceedings today: for the first time, the monarch, who turned 90 last month, used a lift rather than stairs to enter Parliament.

The Queen sits on her throne ahead of the 2016 State Opening Of Parliament with the Duke of Edinburgh to her left and her son Prince Charles to her right, joined by the Duchess of Cornwall

Buckingham Palace said the "modest adjustment" to arrangements had been made for "the Queen's comfort". In the process she avoided 26 steps at the Sovereign's Entrance.

But back to the actual job at hand. In some 943 words the Queen set out 21 Bills in a speech lasting more than eight minutes.

How does the Queen's speech compare to previous years?

Snappa graphic on the Queen's speech
Snappa graphic on the Queen's speech

The 21 Bills set out in the speech cover the digital economy, prison reform, expansion of the National Citizen Service and more.

The Wales Bill establishes a new devolution settlement for Wales while the Higher Education and Research Bill supports the establishment of new universities.

The much anticipated Soft Drinks Industry Levy introduces a new tax on sugar-rich fizzy drinks from April 2018 and the NHS (Overseas Visitors Charging) Bill sets out the recovery cost of NHS treatment from non-UK residents.