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    Queen Elizabeth of Britain has promised[ her nation's continued contribution to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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    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.

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