Queen's Speech will now take place next Wednesday

Queen's Speech will now take place next Wednesday

The Queen's Speech is set to take place next week (Stock image)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Queen's Speech will now take place next Wednesday, June 21, two days later than planned, Commons leader Andrea Leadsom has said.

The event had to be delayed as Theresa May didn't gain a majority in the general election, forcing the Conservatives into talks with the Democratic Unionist Party, so that they can form a viable government.

As a date has now been set for the Queen's Speech, this appears to suggest the Tories are close to finishing a deal with the DUP, The Guardian said.

Reports also claim the Queen's plans may be affected, as Royal Ascot, a key event in the calendar for the British monarchy, starts next Tuesday (June 20).

Part of the delay to the Queen's Speech has also been due it having to be written on goatskin parchment paper as this takes several days to dry, according to The Independent.

Figures in the Conservative party have also said their manifesto will have to be changed, due to not receiving a majority in the election.