In Britain, the Queen reads the speech and in British Commonwealth countries, Governors or Governors General do.His Excellency the Governor has his own Flag of Office.Bermuda has chosen not to be treated as one of the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) of the European Union (EU).In one respect, while Bermuda may be deemed an OCT because it is placed on Annex II of the EC Treaty (and on a similar annex to the EU Constitution), it does not fall under the scope of the OCT Decisions that the Council takes.The Governor and Deputy Governor have direct access to security advice in Washington DC and London from senior British representatives.One of the functions of the British Governor is to read the Throne Speech.
The Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Bermuda (see next paragraph) is appointed by The Queen (on the advice of the British Government in London) after consultation with the Premier of Bermuda. It is for the upkeep of Government House and its 30-plus pristine acres and for the Governor and Deputy Governor's (both from Britain) salary and their cars, their security, their travel, their housekeepers, their domestic staff and their accommodation.
However, under British-UK law, so long as Bermuda remains a British Overseas Territory, Bermudians can, on application, obtain automatic British-UK citizenship and passports and can come and go as they please between Bermuda and the United Kingdom.
As a dependent territory of Britain, all dealings on behalf of Bermuda with Westminster in London are officially managed by Government House, where the Governor lives.
See Bermuda History with the Old and New Worlds since 1500.
It has been completely self-governing (except for defence, external affairs and internal security, which are reserved British-UK powers) for centuries and is the smallest of all the fourteen BOTs (see below) yet has the most evolved British Parliament in the world after Westminster in London.