Queen Elizabeth II opened Parliament in 1954, during her first visit to New Zealand. Here, she reads the speech from the throne. The sovereign is the source of all legal executive authority, but she or her representative, the governor-general, act on the advice of the government.
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Reference: Pictorial Parade 19. National Film Unit, 1954
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