Queen Elizabeth of Britain has promised[ her nation's continued contribution to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
GV: ceremonial coach leaving Buckingham Palace, London, U.K.
CU: Queen Elizabeth waving to crowds form coach.
GV: Royal coach passing crowds.
CU: Princess Anne in second coach.
SV: coach stops outside House of Parliament entrance; Prince Philip and Queen step out and greeted by the Lord Chamberlain, Lord Maclean.
SV INTERIOR: Peers waiting for Queen to enter House of Lords
SV: Black rod and Labour Government minister, Michael Foot waiting in ante-room for Queen.
GV: Queen entering House of Lords to fanfare.
TV: Princess Anne walking in procession in front of Ladies of the Bedchamber and Knights of the Garter.
SV: Queen sitting on throne and asking Peers to sit.
TV: Lords and Aldies sitting down
SV: Black Rod walks to door of House of Commons; Door slammed in his face; Black Rod bangs on the door three times; door opened; Black Rod announced.
SV: Black Rod entering commons and addressing Speaker.
SVS: Prime Minister James Callaghan and opposition leader Mrs Margaret Thatcher lead ministers and opposition into Lords (2 shots)
LV AND CU: Queen reading speech to gathering.
"Mr. Speaker, the Queen commands this honourable House to attend Her Majesty immediately in the Hose of Peers".
QUEEN ELIZABETH: "My government will continue to contribute modern and effective forces to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. My ministers will continue to attach great importance to the further improvement of relations between East and West and to the full implementation of the final acto of the conference on security and co-operation in Europe."
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Background: Queen Elizabeth of Britain has promised[ her nation's continued contribution to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
SYNOPSIS: She made the promise at the traditional opening of Britain's new Parliamentary session on Wednesday (24 November). The Queen made her way form Buckingham Palace, here main residence, to the Houses of Parliament in a glittering ceremonial coach with here husband, Prince Philip Her daughter, Princess Anne, followed behind.
The new session of parliament could be a crucial one for the present Labour Government. With an overall minority of one, it has been trying to introduce controversial legislation covering the inflation and unemployment crisis. Other moves affect the ship-repairing industry which it is trying to nationalise along with ship-building, in the face of strong opposition. devolution-the controversy surrounding claims for greater autonomy by Scotland and Wales - is also a major problem.
The Queen, making here speech on behalf of the Government's Prime Minister, Mr. James Callaghan, traditionally speaks in the House of Lords. And in recent events, it's been the Lords which have been rejecting proposed Labour Government legislation - sparking a constitutional crisis in which the Lower House of Commons has treated to cut the power of the Lords' Upper House.
During her speech, the Queen also said the British government would work for a negotiate settlement in Rhodesia, with majority rule and a secure future there for people of all races. On broader issues, the Queen pledged that Britain would work for a fairer distribution of wealth between rich and poor nations.
The Black Rod summonses the members of the House of Commons to hear the speech in the Lords. But because of the controversial behaviour of one of the Queen's ancestors - King Charles the First - he traditionally finds his way barred and has to knock before being granted admission.
The Black Rod enters the Commons and addresses the Speaker.
Prime Minister James Callaghan and Opposition leader Margaret Thatcher led ministers and opposition Front Bench members into the House of Lords, followed by the rest of the member of the House of Commons.