- The heir to the British throne, Prince Charles (73), read the government’s declaration in Parliament in London for the first time.
- The so-called “Queen’s Speech” traditionally heralds a new session of the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
- The Queen previously had to cancel at short notice due to mobility issues.
It is the first time in 59 years that Queen Elizabeth II (96) cannot attend the so-called state opening of Parliament. It is expected that the now frail queen will continue to leave the task to her son in the future.
There was already talk in the British media of the beginning of a de facto prince’s bequest under Charles. Dressed as an admiral, the Prince of Wales was accompanied by his wife, Duchess Camilla (74) and his eldest son, Prince William (39).
Next to Charles, who was seated on the magnificent throne, the illustrious state crown – called the Imperial State Crown – was placed on a small table. For the formal opening of Parliament, members of both houses of Parliament – the House and the Lords – meet in the House of Lords.
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Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labor leader Keir Starmer watched the speech in silence from the back of the House of Lords. The British royal family remains neutral on political issues. It is merely a symbolic act for the king to read the government’s proclamation as head of state.
Among other things, the laws were planned to mitigate the consequences of the rising cost of living, to deal with the climate crisis and to keep Great Britain out of the European Union.
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