A speech from the throne (or throne speech) is an event in certain monarchies in which the reigning sovereign (or a representative) reads a prepared speech to members of parliament, outlining the government's agenda for the coming session. This event is often held annually, although in some places it may occur more or less frequently whenever a new session of parliament is opened. Many republics have adopted a similar practice with their head of state, often a president, addressing their legislature.
The speech from the throne is not written by the head of state, or representative thereof, who reads it, but rather by the ministers of the crown in cabinet, even though the reader may refer to "my government". The address not only reports on the condition of the nation but also allows the monarch (or his or her representative) to outline the legislative agenda, for which the cooperation of parliament is needed, and national priorities.
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... The sitting prime minister writes the Speech from the Throne which is read by the Governor-General ... This speech indicates the government's intentions for the following session and is debated by the three leaders of the parties ... Individual members may also debate on the speech from the throne, many using this opportunity to declare their maiden speeches ...
... such as the Netherlands (Prince's Day) and Norway, have very similar throne speech ceremonies ... In Japan, the Emperor makes only a short speech of greeting during the Diet opening ceremony he does not refer to any government policies, instead allowing the prime minister to address political ... In Thailand, the monarch makes a speech at a joint session in the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, advising the National Assembly in their work ...
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