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The Queen will miss today’s formal state opening of parliament for the first time in 59 years, delegating the Queen’s Speech to the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge in an unprecedented move.

The Queen, 96, continues to experience “episodic mobility problems” that are said to be a continuation of the problems she has suffered since the autumn, and pulls out of the event on the advice of royal doctors.

The Duchess of Cornwall, the future Queen Consort, will accompany Charles but the Queen’s throne will remain empty in the House of Lords.

The Queen last missed the state openings of parliament in 1959 and 1963, when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew and then Prince Edward. Her speech was read by the Lord Chancellor.

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Queen to miss the state opening of parliament

The Queen has pulled out of the state opening of parliament, delegating the responsibility of delivering the Queen’s Speech to the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge.

The monarch, 96, pulled out of the event for the first time in 59 years, following advice from her royal doctors as she continues to experience “episodic mobility problems”.

The move is also viewed as a symbolic and significant shift in Charles’ responsibility as he takes on the head of state’s major constitutional duty for the first time.

The Queen’s Speech is written by the government and sets out its agenda for parliament’s new session.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in Cardiff, Walees on 14 October 2021

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Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The Queen continues to experience episodic mobility problems, and in consultation with her doctors has reluctantly decided that she will not attend the State Opening of Parliament tomorrow.



At Her Majesty’s request, and with the agreement of the relevant authorities, The Prince of Wales will read The Queen’s Speech on Her Majesty’s behalf, with The Duke of Cambridge also in attendance.

Buckingham Palace

The Queen last missed a state opening of parliament in 1959 and 1963, when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew and then Prince Edward. The speech was read by the Lord Chancellor.

Read the details in this report by my colleague Liam James.

Namita Singh10 May 2022 05:22

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