For the first time in the history of the United Kingdom during her reign, Queen Elizabeth II did not lead the official opening of the country’s Parliament. And Prince Charles gave his traditional inaugural address for the legislative year, Tuesday (10).
At the age of 96, the Queen, as it was already announced on Monday (10), did not attend the Palace of Westminster due to problems with mobility.
First in the line of succession to the British monarchy, Prince Charles reads the letter written by the government, under protocol, announcing the intentions and actions the executive plans to send to Parliament throughout the year.
Prince Charles arrives at the UK Parliament, which was first officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II, on May 10, 2022 – Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters
During her 70 years in office, Elizabeth II had only missed her twice, in the years she was pregnant with her two children, Andrews and Edward. Since October last year, when she was hospitalized for one night, the Queen has canceled some of her engagements.
The official opening of Parliament is a traditional and annual celebration in the United Kingdom, with the Queen always accompanying members of the British National Guard in ceremonial uniform.