The British monarch will not attend the opening ceremony of Parliament, Buckingham Palace said
Buckingham Palace announced on Monday that, for the first time in almost 60 years, Queen Elizabeth will not attend the state opening ceremony of Parliament on Tuesday. The Queen, 96, has “Ongoing problem,” It has been added. Prince Charles, along with his eldest son Prince William, will replace him at the ceremony.
“The queen is experiencing episodic movement problems, and in consultation with her doctors has reluctantly decided that she will not attend the state opening of Parliament tomorrow.” Read the statement from Buckingham Palace.
The Royal Palace did not elaborate on the nature of the Queen’s illness, but said the decision was made on Monday and that the problem was related to another illness she suffered last year. In October 2021, Queen Elizabeth was briefly hospitalized for an unspecified illness and her doctors told her to rest.
The Queen continued to perform her duties at Windsor Castle online or in person after the incident, and appeared in public on April 1 during a memorial service dedicated to her late husband, Prince Philip, who died last year.
In February, he tested positive for Covid-19 but felt only mild symptoms and was having a virtual meeting within two weeks of being diagnosed.
Last week, it was announced that he would not even be attending the traditional Buckingham Palace Summer Garden Party. The Privy Council, scheduled for Wednesday, will meet with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his audience online or by phone.
Prince Charles is expected to address the opening ceremony of Parliament on Tuesday. He will, for the first time, assume the head of state’s constitutional responsibility, in a move that some British media outlets have already declared unprecedented in the nation’s modern history.
“At the request of the King and the agreement of the relevant authorities, the Prince of Wales will read the Queen’s speech on behalf of the King, where the Duke of Cambridge will also be present.” Dr. Buckingham Palace.
Downing Street also supported the Queen’s decision. “The Prime Minister fully respects His Excellency’s wishes and is grateful to the Prince of Wales for agreeing to speak on his behalf.” A spokesman for Downing Street said.
A new letter of patent approved by the emperor entrusted the task of opening its parliament to state councilors, enabling both Prince Charles and Prince William to jointly exercise this function. So far no other responsibilities have been assigned.
During the ceremony, the king traditionally read out the government’s plans for the forthcoming legislation. Queen Elizabeth – the longest reigning king in the world – missed the ceremony only twice in her 70 years of reign: in 1959, when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew, and in 1963, when she was pregnant with Prince Edward. On those occasions, the Lord Chancellor read out the Queen’s speech.
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