Heir to the throne celebrates premiere: Prince Charles opens the British Parliament

Heir to the throne celebrates its premiere
Prince Charles opens British Parliament

It is with a heavy heart that Queen Elizabeth II has had to cancel her traditional participation in the opening of Parliament at short notice. She is represented by her son, Prince Charles. With his speech, the heir to the throne provides a “highly symbolic and historic moment”.

Prince Charles opened the British Parliament for the first time. The 73-year-old heir to the throne represented his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, and delivered the speech at the opening of Parliament “on behalf of Her Majesty”. Charles’ son Prince William and Charles’ wife Duchess Camilla also attended the political event. They sat at the side of the Prince of Wales. According to media reports, Charles, who appeared in uniform, did not take the Queen’s throne.

A “highly symbolic and historic moment”.

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The Daily Mail described Prince Charles’ speech in Parliament, which is said to have been drafted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his team, as a “highly symbolic and historic moment” for the British monarchy. This brings him closer to his future role as king. The tabloid The Sun wrote that Charles taking on “the most important duty of the head of state is a move that is seen by many as a significant change in his responsibility”.

Camilla had chosen a special wardrobe for the important event: the Duchess of Cornwall wore a navy blue coat in an A-line shape with white floral appliqués on the front. To do this, she combined a large hat, also navy blue, with a white ribbon. Her bright pumps were decorated with a dark tip.

Last minute cancellation

According to the Daily Mail, the “Imperial State Crown” – one of the Queen’s most important crowns – was brought to Westminster in a limousine. She was seen alongside Charles in the ceremony. The heir to the throne himself wore no crown. The Queen is said to have followed the event on television at Windsor Castle.

Elizabeth II had canceled her participation in the opening of Parliament the day before at short notice. A statement from Buckingham Palace said Her Majesty was still struggling with mobility issues and had “reluctantly” made the decision.

With two exceptions, the Queen always opened Parliament during her 70-year reign. She abstained in 1959 and 1963 due to her pregnancies with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward respectively.

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