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Queen misses the opening of the British Parliament as Charles steps in

Queen Elizabeth Missing the opening of the British Parliament for the third time in her reign.

According to Buckingham Palace, the 96-year-old monarch, who has mobility problems, will not read the Queen’s speech on Tuesday. Prince of Wales reads it on her behalf.

This move, believed to be unprecedented in modern history, is interpreted as a significant shift in his responsibilities as a waiting king when Charles first takes on the major constitutional obligations of the head of state of the United Kingdom. increase.

The Queen’s Speech will be read by the Prince after the issuance of a new letter of patent approved by the Queen, which has delegated the royal function of holding new parliamentary meetings to members of parliament.

The Duke of Cambridge will also attend the opening ceremony as a state counselor.

Since the opening ceremony is the monarch’s core constitutional responsibility, it was necessary to issue a letter of patent to delegate that responsibility to the two state counselors. Currently, there are four state counselors: Charles, William, Andrew, and Harry.

Other functions have not been delegated by the Queen.Duchess Cornwall She is not a state counselor, but will attend.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen continues to experience temporary mobility problems, and in consultation with her doctor, she reluctantly decides not to attend the opening ceremony of Congress tomorrow.”

A spokesperson for No. 10 said, “The Prime Minister fully respected His Majesty’s wishes and thanked Prince Wales for agreeing to give a speech on her behalf.”

Mobility issues are said to be a continuation of the problems the Queen has experienced since the fall.

Since joining in 1952, the Queen has held all parliamentary sessions, except that she was pregnant with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, respectively, in 1959 and 1963, respectively.

On these two occasions, the session was held by the Lords Commissioners while the Lord High Chancellor was reading the Queen’s Speech.

-Guardian

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