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Call for austerity amid glittering pomp

Queen Elizabeth delivers address on gilded throne

LONDON — The message was one of thrift and austerity, but the messenger was opulence incarnate.

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

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