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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II hands Prince Charles and William the official opening of Parliament

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II hands Prince Charles and William the official opening of Parliament

  • Sean Coughlan
  • Royal Affairs Correspondent, BBC News

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Queen Elizabeth II at the official opening ceremony of Parliament last year

Buckingham Palace announced the withdrawal of Queen Elizabeth II from attending the opening ceremony of Parliament this year, and the tradition of reading the annual royal speech.

The Queen will be absent from this constitutional tradition, in which the government’s legislative plans are determined, for the first time since 1963.

Prince Charles will deliver the speech on behalf of the Queen on Tuesday.

The 96-year-old queen has mobility problems and was recently forced to cancel her attendance Several public events.