Royal function reversals. Queen Elizabeth II won’t be on the opening of Parliament amid well being issues, with Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla and Prince William attending in her place.
“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,” a press release from Buckingham Palace learn on Monday, May 9, per royal reporter Omid Scobie. “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.”
The 96-year-old monarch has attended every opening day since 1952, aside from 1959 and 1963, when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, respectively. The occasion usually features a speech delivered by the queen and formally marks the start of the British Parliamentary session.
Elizabeth’s absence from the royal engagement follows a sequence of well being scares, together with her temporary October 2021 hospital keep. At the time, she was being monitored “for some preliminary investigations,” per the palace, and she or he obtained loads of assist from her family members.
“[Duchess] Kate sent the queen a huge bouquet of flowers from her family,” a supply solely advised Us Weekly final fall. “George, Charlotte and Louis made ‘get well soon’ cards.”
The remainder of the royals have been “concerned” regardless of Her Majesty’s insistence that she was “fine and doing well,” the insider added. “She’s not a quitter and will continue working but is handing over some of her duties to Charles and William. [She] is preparing them to take over.”
A second insider famous on the time that Prince Harry, who moved to California with Meghan Markle following their step down from their senior duties, was in “panic mode” after studying of his grandmother’s hospital keep. “He felt helpless being 5,000 miles away in Montecito and has been checking in non-stop with her,” the supply advised Us.
Earlier this year, Elizabeth examined optimistic for COVID-19 after Charles, 73, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 74, each contracted the virus. The queen has additionally been noticed utilizing a cane a number of instances over the previous a number of months, bringing the strolling stick that belonged to her late husband, Prince Philip, to an occasion in February.
Her Royal Highness returned to work in March following her coronavirus battle. As she recovered, a supply advised Us that Elizabeth felt “extremely thankful” for individuals who offered her with “emotional and practical support” by all of it.
“She’s showed extraordinary courage and is thankful for all the love and support she’s received, and as long as she feels able to work that’s what she’ll continue to [do],” the insider continued. “It’s typical of her selfless character and everyone is just in awe of her resolve and bravery. She’s truly one of a kind and an example to everyone around her.”