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Queen will not attend the State Opening of Parliament due to mobility issues

LONDON – Queen Elizabeth II will not attend the opening of Parliament on Tuesday due to ongoing mobility issues.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Monday that the decision was made in consultation with her doctors and that she “reluctantly” chose not to attend.

“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,” the palace said in a statement.

It will be only the third time during her reign that Elizabeth, 96, has not opened Parliament. She previously missed opening in 1959 when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew and in 1963 when she was pregnant with Prince Edward.

The State Opening of Parliament is a centuries-old ceremony that marks the beginning of the legislative year. The pageant traditionally begins with a carriage ride to the Houses of Parliament, followed by the monarch reading the Queen’s speech, outlining the government’s legislative programme, to a joint session attended by members of the House of Lords and House of Lords Join Commons.

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Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, last made a public appearance during a service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the life of Prince Philip, her spouse of over 70, who died last year.

Elizabeth has spent much of the last two years at Windsor Castle, west of London, where she has taken refuge during the pandemic. She has continued to work during this time, although most of her duties have been carried out virtually, including meetings with ambassadors, health workers and school children.

It will be the first time Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge has played an official role at the event.

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