Governor Boyd McCleary is to deliver his first Speech from the Throne today at the first sitting of the fourth session of the first House of Assembly.

The annual speech is the vehicle used by the elected government to set out its legislative programme for the coming year.

It is prepared by the government on behalf of the Queen, according to Government Information Services.

To accommodate the inspection of the guard of honour that precedes the speech, Pickering Street will be closed in the HOA area from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

The House of Assembly was prorogued on Sept. 21 and is to reconvene at 10 a.m. today. According to the Constitution, a period of three months may not intervene between the last sitting in one session and the first sitting in the next session.

Governor McCleary was sworn in as the territory’s 15th governor on Aug. 20.

The last Speech from the Throne was delivered by former Governor David Pearey on Nov. 24, 2009.

Mr. Pearey highlighted legislators’ accomplishments in the previous year and outlined their goals for this year, many of which echoed plans laid out in 2008.

He also addressed planned steps toward economic, social, educational and security changes within the territory.