1 the ceremonial seat occupied by a monarch, bishop, etc. on occasions of state
2 the power, duties, or rank ascribed to a royal person
3 a person holding royal rank
4 pl; often cap the third of the nine orders into which the angels are traditionally divided in medieval angelology
5 to place or be placed on a throne (C13: from Old French trone, from Latin thronus, from Greek thronos throne)
speech from the throne
n (in Britain and the dominions of the Commonwealth) the speech at the opening of each session of Parliament in which the Government outlines its legislative programme. It is read by the sovereign or his or her representative, (Also called (esp. Brit.))
Queens (or Kings) speech
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