UK’s Queen Elizabeth has ‘mobility problems’ — Analysis
Buckingham Palace announced that the British monarch won’t be attending the opening ceremonies of parliament.
Buckingham Palace confirmed Monday that Queen Elizabeth would not be attending the State Opening of Parliament Tuesday, the first in nearly 60 years. Queen Elizabeth, aged 96, is unable to attend the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday. “mobility issues,”It was added. Prince Charles will be accompanied by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.
“The queen continues to experience episodic mobility problems, and in consultation with her doctors has reluctantly decided that she will not attend the State Opening of Parliament tomorrow,” Buckingham Palace’s statement reads.
The Royal Palace did not elaborate on the nature of the queen’s ailment but said that the decision was only made on Monday and that the issue was related to some other illness she had suffered last year. After being admitted to hospital for an undisclosed illness in October 2021 Queen Elizabeth, her doctors advised that she be discharged.
After the incident, she continued online and in person to perform her duties at Windsor Castle. She then made her first public appearance in April, during a memorial service dedicated to Prince Philip, Duke, of Edinburgh who passed away last year.
She was tested for Covid-19 in February. However, her symptoms were mild and she began holding virtual meetings two weeks after being diagnosed.
She also decided not to attend Buckingham Palace’s traditional summer parties. She will be able to meet with Boris Johnson and the Prime Minister Boris Johnson online, or via phone.
Prince Charles is expected to deliver the Queen’s speech during the Tuesday parliament opening ceremony. He will be taking over major constitutional duties of the head of state for the first time, in a move that some British media outlets have already declared unprecedented in the nation’s modern history.
“At Her Majesty’s request, and with the agreement of the relevant authorities, The Prince of Wales will read the queen’s speech on Her Majesty’s behalf, with The Duke of Cambridge also in attendance,”Buckingham Palace said it.
Downing Street has also supported the queen’s decision. “The prime minister fully respects the wishes of Her Majesty and is grateful to the Prince of Wales for agreeing to deliver the speech on her behalf,”According to a spokesperson from Downing Street,
A royal Letters Patent authorizes the delegation of her State Opening of Parliament duties by the Counsellors of State. Prince Charles as well as Prince William can now jointly perform this role. No other monarch’s duties have been delegated so far.
During the ceremony, the monarch traditionally reads out the government’s plans for the upcoming legislation period. Queen Elizabeth – the world’s longest-serving monarch – has missed the ceremony only twice in the 70 years of her reign: in 1959, when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew and in 1963, when she was pregnant with Prince Edward. On those occasions, the Queen’s speech was read by the lord chancellor.
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