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News Summary: UK agenda focus immigration, economy

The Associated Press

ROYAL BUDGET; Britain's Conservative-led government announced a modest program of legislation to tighten immigration rules, curb welfare expenses and encourage business in a speech read by a monarch on a gilded throne wearing a crown studded with 3,000 diamonds.

TRADITION RULES: The speech was part of the opening of Parliament, an annual pageant of pomp and politics centered on the Queen and a legislative program written by the government.

WATCHING INK DRY: The speech is written on parchment with ink that takes three days to dry. It took the queen just seven minutes to read it.