According to Article No. 79 of the Constitution of Jordan, His Majesty the King opens the Ordinary Session of the Parliament by delivering the Speech from the Throne. Alternatively, the King can request the prime minister to perform these duties. This provision has been exercised only by King Abdullah I, who asked his prime minister to perform these protocols on six occasions between 1929 and 1947. Since then, however, Speeches from the Throne have been delivered by the reigning King, a tradition upheld by King Abdullah II.
Issues arising in recent Speeches from the Throne have included: defending Islam, fighting terrorism, strengthening national unity, maintaining democratic standards, raising the level of political participation, providing guidance and opportunities to youth through education and achieving and sustaining a good quality of life for Jordanians.
There is a special Uniform of the Throne, which is worn by the King on only two occasions. The first is on Coronation Day (for King Abdullah II, 9 June 1999) and the second is on the occasion of delivering the Speech from the Throne.