PHOTOS: Queen Elizabeth II’s life through the years
Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday unveiled the government’s agenda for the coming year, foreshadowing heated debates over reform of the House of Lords, state pensions, financial regulation and the introduction of a law broadening the scope of intelligence agents to monitor communications.
The carriage carrying Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip returns from Houses of Parliament to Buckingham Palace in London. From a gilded throne in the House of Lords, the queen read aloud the British government's annual legislative package in traditionally opulent style. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP