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Queen misses Parliament over ‘mobility issues’

Queen Elizabeth II addresses the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament on May 11 last year

Queen Elizabeth II delivers a speech in the House of Lords during the State Opening of Parliament on May 11 last year (Image: AP)

The Queen will miss the State Opening of Parliament tomorrow for the first time in 60 years and Prince Charles will read the Queen’s speech on her behalf.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement tonight: “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.”

This is the first time Prince Charles has taken on this role.

A new Letters Patent authorized by the Queen was issued to allow the delegation of the royal function.

In this case, it allows Charles and William, as Councilors of State, to do it together.

The Queen is watching an audience with Swiss President Ignazio Cassis at Windsor Castle on April 28

The Queen watches an audience with Swiss President Ignazio Cassis at Windsor Castle on April 28 (Image: Reuters)

As Charles assumes the key constitutional duties of head of state for the first time, the move – thought to be unprecedented in modern history – is being interpreted as a major shift in his responsibilities as king-in-waiting.

The Duke of Cambridge, also a future monarch, will also attend the state opening – the first time William has done so.

No other functions were delegated by the Queen.

The Queen’s mobility problems are said to be a continuation of the problems she has been suffering since the autumn.

A final decision on whether to still attend the state opening is said to have been made today.

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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Justin Scacco

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