So the Queen's Speech is today and The Conservatives have a minority government, which got me wondering, what other times has a Queen's Speech occurred without a majority government?

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    Here is a list of minority and coalition governments in the UK since 1945. The Queen's Speech took place (usually) once a year when such a government was in office. Jun 21, 2017 at 11:33

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Since 1852, there have been 8 elections which resulted in no party getting a majority or forming any coalition - 1885, 1892, 1910, 1923, 1929, 1974 and 2017. (from Wikipedia - List of United Kingdom general elections)

* This doesn't include elections in which a coalition government's formed, e.g. 2010, since a coalition government is theoretically a majority government.

It's worth noting that the Queen's speech (or the King's speech, officially known as the speech from the throne started in 1852.

History of State Opening

Traditions surrounding State Opening and the delivery of a speech by the monarch can be traced back as far as the 16th century. The current ceremony dates from the opening of the rebuilt Palace of Westminster in 1852 after the fire of 1834.

Source: http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/occasions/stateopening/

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    So it's not exactly a precedent (for the monarchy) but is for Queen Elizabeth II. I thought as much, seems it looks like Theresa May is breaking a few traditions this election cycle. Thanks for yet another informative and extensive answer. Jun 21, 2017 at 12:32
  • @BradleyWilson Yup, Queen Elizabeth II's speech in 1974 was also during a minority government. You're welcome! :)
    – Panda
    Jun 21, 2017 at 12:35

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