Queen Elizabeth II was scheduled to give her 2015 address to mark the State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday. The traditional event, called simply the Queen's Speech, outlines the government's agenda for the new session. She'll speak before the Sovereign, the House of Lords and the House of Commons at about 11:30 a.m. local time, or 6:30 a.m. EDT.
The Queen will arrive at the Houses of Parliament in London at 11:15 a.m. and proceed to the throne at the House of Lords Chamber. There she will deliver the roughly 10-minute address, which is written by ministers and given on behalf of her government, BBC News reported. It will be her 64th Queen's Speech.
This year, the Queen is expected to touch on a number of topics, like employment, housing and immigration. Among the bigger issues she'll likely include are:
- The European Union referendum recently re-elected Prime Minister David Cameron has said he'll bring before the public by the end of 2017 in order to stop migrants from flooding Britain.
- Measures to stop income tax from rising until 2020, as Cameron also promised during his campaign. He plans to push for a law that would exempt from taxes any minimum-wage employee working 30 hours a week, the Guardian reported.
- The Human Rights Act, which the Conservatives intend to scrap and start anew. The leaders have said it would make Britain the "ultimate arbiter of human rights matters in the UK."
- The increase in free child care for 3- and 4-year-olds from 15 hours a week to 30 hours a week, the Independent reported. It's due to start in 2017.
- A National Health Service Bill that would increase funding, hire more doctors and create a seven-day version of the public health care system.
After the Queen's Speech, the parliamentary session will officially start. The houses will kick off the action by debating the legislation mentioned in the speech and taking a symbolic vote, BBC reported.