/ 10 May 2022

The Queen is a no for parliament opening speech

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

Queen Elizabeth’s program continues to get scaled back with confirmation that she will not be at the State Opening of Parliament to deliver her annual speech today. “Episodic mobility problems” will keep the 96yo from the event for the first time since 1963 when she was pregnant. Charles will sub in to cover for his mum at the constitutional ceremony, which sets out the government’s legislative plans. Reports say the Imperial State Crown will still be brought to Parliament – but the Queen’s throne will remain empty. Also attending will be Camilla and Prince William, along with the UK’s parliamentarians. It’s been a rough few months for the Queen after a back strain – she missed events at Easter, and the Palace has announced that she will not host royal garden parties this year. But she is taking other appointments this week, and the hope is she will be up and about for the June Platinum Jubilee extravaganza honouring her 70 years on the throne.

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