Visibly moved, Prince Charles delivers the throne speech in place of the Queen

Prince Charles delivers the Queen’s Speech at the official opening of Parliament. (London, May 10, 2022.) Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA ​​Photos/ABACAPRESS.COM

Reluctantly, Queen Elizabeth II had to hand over the hand at this event to the British Parliament, due to “mobility problems”.

She made this decision “reluctantly”. Buckingham Palace announced Monday, May 9, that Elizabeth II would be absent during the throne speech, organized in the British Parliament this Tuesday, May 10. “The Queen continues to have episodic mobility issues and, after consulting her doctors, has reluctantly decided not to take part in the Speech from the Throne,” the statement read.

The 96-year-old sovereign thus appealed to Prince Charles to replace her during the event. “At the request of Her Majesty and with the agreement of the appropriate authorities, the Prince of Wales will read the Speech from the Throne on her behalf, with the Duke of Cambridge, who will also be present,” continues the official message.

A moving speech

It was the first time a member of the Royal Family had delivered Queen Elizabeth II’s speech on her behalf but it was also a symbolic moment for the Duke of Wales to take on such a close role to that of king. The heir to the throne was due to announce 38 of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bills for the coming year, as well as new laws.

However, during his nine-minute interlocution, a space next to him, where the monarch’s throne usually sits, was eerily empty. Instead a crown, representing the greatest symbol of British sovereign power and authority, was laid before Prince Charles, who looked at it numerous times during his speech.

During his speech, the eldest of the royal family had a little thought for his mother and said “the queen is looking forward to attending the celebrations in June marking her platinum jubilee”, specifies the DailyMail . Her Majesty was forced to watch this historic moment on television, at Windsor Castle…

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Absent at garden parties

This is the first time in almost sixty years that Elizabeth II has missed the ceremony. In 1959 and 1963, the monarch was unable to attend because she was pregnant. His health problems are of growing concern to the British. The royal palace thus announced, on Thursday, May 5, that the queen, seen several times with a cane, would not participate in the garden parties organized in the gardens of Buckingham during the summer. “Her Majesty The Queen will be represented by other members of the Royal Family at this year’s garden parties, with details of those attending to be confirmed in due course,” a statement read. Elizabeth II should, however, participate in the festivities of her platinum jubilee (her 70 years of reign), within the framework of several events, organized from June 2 to 5.