Queen was ‘very proud’ to see Prince Charles and William step in at the State Opening of Parliament but she is still ‘very much’ in charge, royal sources say

Queen was 'very proud' to see Prince Charles and William step in at the State Opening of Parliament but she is still 'very much' in charge, royal sources say
Prince William attends the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster on May 10

 

The Queen was ‘very proud’ to see Prince Charles and William step in at the State Opening of Parliament after she had to pull out for mobility issues. However, royal sources said she remained ‘very much’ in charge. This week the Queen was dramatically forced to pull out of the State Opening of Parliament for the first time in 59 years because of her increasing mobility issues.

 

Queen was 'very proud' to see Prince Charles and William step in at the State Opening of Parliament but she is still 'very much' in charge, royal sources say
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales reads the Queen’s Speech as he sits by the Imperial State Crown, in the House of Lords chamber, during the State Opening of Parliament, at the Houses of Parliament, in London today

Prince Charles read her speech for the first time, accompanied by Prince William, who had never attended before. The Sovereign’s Throne in the House of Lords remained symbolically empty, with the monarch watching proceedings on television at Windsor. Questions were inevitably asked about whether the increasingly frail 96-year-old monarch will ever be seen in the Palace of Westminster again.

 

Queen was 'very proud' to see Prince Charles and William step in at the State Opening of Parliament but she is still 'very much' in charge, royal sources say
The Prince of Wales (R) looks at The Imperial State Crown (L) being removed after delivering a speech in the House of Lords Chamber during the State Opening of Parliament at the Houses of Parliament, in London, on May 10, 2022

Yet palace sources were quick to shut down suggestions heir Charles, 73, was acting as a prince regent, The Sun reported. A senior source said: ‘The Queen was very proud to see her son and grandson step in.’ Meanwhile, a friend of Charles said: ‘This is his mum and so of course he always wants her to do these events such as State Opening of Parliament.

 

Queen was 'very proud' to see Prince Charles and William step in at the State Opening of Parliament but she is still 'very much' in charge, royal sources say

‘He would rather step up than her being made to do things that are difficult for her.’ An emotional Prince Charles gazed at his mother’s crown before he announced 38 of Boris Johnson’s Bills for the coming year including new laws to properly punish eco hooligans, capitalise on Brexit, better regulate landlords and ensure Britons can pay their soaring bills.

 

Queen was 'very proud' to see Prince Charles and William step in at the State Opening of Parliament but she is still 'very much' in charge, royal sources say
Charles was flanked by his son William and his wife Camilla at the State Opening of Parliament. He sat on the Consort’s Throne, which is slightly smaller than his mother’s and was used by his father Prince Philip for decades

Prince William and the Duchess of Cornwall flanked the Prince of Wales as he delivered the speech from the consort’s throne, used by his father Prince Philip for decades, in a major constitutional moment for the UK. Poignantly a space remained next to him, where the Queen’s slightly larger missing throne would usually be located, as power continues to slowly transition from Britain’s longest reigning monarch to her son and grandson.

 

Queen was 'very proud' to see Prince Charles and William step in at the State Opening of Parliament but she is still 'very much' in charge, royal sources say
Charles said ministers would ‘help ease the cost-of-living for families’ with a promise to ‘level up opportunity in all parts of the country’

Charles said ministers would ‘help ease the cost-of-living for families’ with a promise to ‘level up opportunity in all parts of the country’. In a nod to his mother’s determination to continue public events, Prince Charles’ speech said that the Queen is looking forward to attending the June celebrations marking her Platinum Jubilee.

 

Queen was 'very proud' to see Prince Charles and William step in at the State Opening of Parliament but she is still 'very much' in charge, royal sources say
On either side of Charles were William, in a morning coat, at his first State Opening, and the Duchess of Cornwall, wearing a day dress and hat, in the Chairs of State

Although the Queen was absent yesterday, she is planning to go to Trooping the Colour to start celebrations fro her Jubilee on June 2. She will also speak to Boris Johnson in her weekly phone call with the PM today.

However, worries are likely to persist since the monarch has missed up to 14 major events in just seven months.

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