The Queen, absent because of her mobility problems, will be replaced by her son Prince Charles on Tuesday at the ceremony in the British parliament.
Queen Elizabeth II said on Monday evening that she would be replaced by her son Prince Charles for the traditional Throne speech in the British Parliament, Tuesday, May 10, because of his mobility problems.
It is the first time in almost sixty years that the monarch has missed this solemn meeting of British democracy, where she reads the government’s program during a ceremony with great fanfare. She was absent in 1959 and 1963, when she was pregnant.
It is also the first time that she has been replaced by the Prince of Wales, heir to the crown, a sign of the progressive transfer of his tasks to her eldest son, who already represents her abroad for several years. The queen’s throne will remain empty, Prince Charles, 73, and his wife, Camilla, occupying their usual seats.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Monday evening:
The queen continues to have episodic mobility problems and, after consultation with her doctors, decidedly decided not to participate in the discourse of the throne. At the request of His Majesty and with the agreement of the competent authorities, the Prince of Wales will read the discourse of the throne on his behalf, with the Duke of Cambridge [Prince William, grandson of the Queen, second in order of succession to the throne] also present.
The queen had already given up in recent years to wear her heavy crown for this highly codified ceremony which is to start at 10:30 a.m. (12:30 p.m. in France). His absence relaunches the questions about his participation in early June to the celebrations of the platinum jubilee, marking his seventy years of reign.
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