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The Queen to miss the State Opening of Parliament - Prince Charles and Prince William to take over

Her Majesty will undertake some private engagements later in the week

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Hanna Fillingham
Hanna FillinghamUS Managing Editor
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The Queen will no longer attend the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday, it was announced on Monday evening.

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Her Majesty was due to attend the event but due to health issues, the Prince of Wales will instead go in her place, reading out her speech on her behalf.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “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.

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"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."

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A new Letters Patent authorised by the Queen was issued to cover the State Opening delegating to Counsellors of State the royal function of opening a new session of Parliament.

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The Queen will miss the State Opening of Parliament

In this instance, it enables Charles and Prince William to jointly exercise that function. No other functions have been delegated by the Queen.

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This is the first time that the monarch has missed this event since the fifties.

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Prince Charles will attend the event on Her Majesty's behalf 

On Tuesday, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be in their usual seats, while the Duke of Cambridge will sit opposite Camilla. It will be the Duke's first time attending. 

The Queen is still understood to take part in a number of private engagements later in the week.

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Her Majesty is thought to have a busy diary at Windsor this week with a call with Australia undertaken on Monday, and a planned virtual Privy Council and phone audience with the Prime Minister on Wednesday.

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