The British heir to the throne, Prince Charles and his son, Prince William, took the place of 96-year-old Queen Elizabeth, at the opening of Parliament today (Tuesday). Charles wore the Admiral’s uniform and read on behalf of his mother the phrase “My government’s will” and put it this way: “Her Majesty’s Government will ..”.
During her 70 years in power, Queen Elizabeth did not miss the traditional speech, except twice: in 1959 and 1963, when she was unable to attend the ceremony due to pregnancies. This time, it was absent due to medical restrictions that made it difficult for her to move around and was replaced by Charles, who announced the government agenda at the Palace of Westminster.
Buckingham Palace said yesterday that “in consultation with its doctors, and reluctantly, the Queen has decided she will not attend the opening of the state parliament”. They added that “at the request of Her Majesty, and with the consent of the relevant authorities, Prince Charles will read her speech on her behalf. The Duke of Cambridge will also be present at the ceremony.”
The opening ceremony of the State Parliament is a glorious event, which traditionally, the Queen attended accompanied by soldiers in ceremonial uniforms. The ceremony is held in the spring or after national elections and embodies the separation of power between the royal house, the House of Representatives, the lords and the judges. During it, it is customary for the queen to carry things and describe the plans of the government.