Prince Charles will read the Queen’s speech on behalf of the 96-year-old monarch
The Queen will not attend the State Opening of Parliament. Image: Getty Images
The Queen will not attend the State Opening of Parliament tomorrow, Buckingham Palace has announced.
The palace said the Prince of Wales would read the Queen’s speech on her behalf.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The Queen continues to suffer from episodic mobility issues and, in consultation with her doctors, has reluctantly decided that she will not attend the State Opening of Parliament tomorrow.
“At the request of Her Majesty and with the consent of the relevant authorities, the Prince of Wales will read the Queen’s speech on behalf of Her Majesty, with the Duke of Cambridge also present.”
A new patent approved by the Queen has been issued to cover the opening of state, giving the Councilors of State the royal function of opening a new session of Parliament.
In this case, it allows Charles and William to perform this function together. No other functions were delegated by the Queen.
The decision was made today.
The episodic mobility issues are said to be a continuation of the problems the Queen has been suffering since the fall.
The Queen is understood to have a busy diary in Windsor this week, with a phone call to Australia on Monday and a virtual Privy Council and telephone audience with the Prime Minister planned on Wednesday.
She is expected to take on some private engagements later in the week.
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