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Last Updated: Wednesday December 03 2008 13:08 GMT

Queen talks cash crisis in speech

The Queen making the speech

The Queen has revealed that tackling the country's money problems will be the government's most important job in the next 12 months.

She set out what the government plans to do over the next year in a speech to MPs in the House of Lords.

The Queen makes the speech because she is our head of state, which is supposed to mean the politicians work for her.

But really she takes advice from the government on which laws it thinks are best for the country.

The Queen said: "My government's overriding priority is to ensure the stability of the of the British economy during the global economic downturn.

"My government is committed to helping families and businesses through difficult times."

Yeomen of the Guard  (Photo by: Johnny Green/PA Wire)
Tradition plays a big part on the day of the Queen's Speech

Other things she mentioned in her speech were health matters, child poverty and learning.

The Queen's speech is a big event and full of tradition.

That can mean it looks a bit old-fashioned at times, but the head of the Royal Family has been making this speech to Parliament for hundreds of years.

As well as explaining the government's plans, the Queen's speech is also the official opening of a new session of Parliament.