|Queen Elizabeth will not attend parliamentary year inauguration|
Last year she joined hands with Prince Charles. This time Queen Elizabeth will not attend the parliamentary inauguration year and will be heir to the throne, for the first time, reading what is traditionally called the "Queen's Speech". By his side, second in line to the throne, Prince William. The two will be accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall. Raja, who has just turned 96, has given up on mobility issues that have been affecting him for some time and which have forced him to cancel other commitments as well.
The resignation was announced by Buckingham Palace, with a brief official note kept in a drawer until evening. "The Queen - it is said - continues to experience episodic mobility problems and, after consulting her doctor, reluctantly decided not to participate in the State Opening", the official opening of the parliamentary year. "At the request of His Majesty, and with the approval of the relevant authorities (Parliament and Government), the Prince of Wales will read the Queen's Speech in his stead, in the presence of the Duke of Cambridge (William)." It was the first time since 1963 that the queen had not given a speech. At that time she was pregnant with Prince Edward and the government program was read by the Lord Chancellor.
No one will sit on the throne, which will symbolically remain empty while the crown will be carried according to custom at Westminster. Carlo will take his place on the right, as last year, and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, on his left. Next to him will sit Prince William. Elizabeth II, ascended to the throne in 1952 after the sudden death of her father, King George VI, was also absent in 1959 when she was expecting her third child Andrea and the reading of the speech was entrusted to the Lord Chancellor. The choice to be represented by Carlo was new in line with his role as "deputy district head". Also indicative is the presence of his wife Camilla, whom Elizabeth II wants the title "empress" when the prince will ascend the English throne and succeed her.
Politically, this speech is a huge opportunity for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, after the recent local elections in which his party lost some 500 seats. The prime minister wants to gain support by pledging to work to increase purchasing power and make people forget about scandals, particularly the "party gate".
The queen's absence from today's ceremony raises questions about her participation in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, on the occasion of her 70th reign in early June. This year she attended only one external public event, a suffrage mass for beloved consort Philip, who died nearly 100 years in 2021, inaugurated shortly before her death anniversary at Westminster Abbey in March.
Since October he has been staying at Windsor Castle, or at the Sandringham country residence, in Norfolk English, as doctors have advised, especially after being hospitalized 24 hours for diagnostic tests and after infection from Covid, confirmed by His Majesty in February. which left him "tired", as he put it during a video call with the Royal London Hospital. London's main Platinum Jubilee celebrations are scheduled from June 2 to 5, including parades, popular celebrations, and greetings to the subject from the balcony of the royal palace on the occasion of Trooping the Color where Elizabeth II must also be with the “working royalty”: in addition to Carlo and Camilla, also there will be William and Kate, the faces of the future monarchy, and their children.
Not a balcony for Andrea, Harry and Meghan and even beloved nieces Beatrice and Eugenia from York. The Queen's speech describes the important points of the government's program and is only "read" by the Queen during the Opening Ceremony of the State Parliament, i.e. the formal opening of a new legislature is always preceded by a period of cessation of parliamentary work. That is, His Majesty did not put a pen in its contents, nor did it give any political indications. This is very important because it is the only scheduled event where the three constituent parts of Parliament, the sovereign, the House of Lords and the House of Commons, meet.
In the past the Queen usually arrived by train from Buckingham Palace to Westminster, escorted by the "Household Cavalry" cavalry regiment, preceded by her crown carried by another carriage.
The House of Lords official called "Black Rod" called out to the Commons. As he approached, the doors of the House of Commons closed before him: a practice dating back to the civil war, which symbolized the independence of the Municipalities from monarchy and their right to discuss without the presence of a representative in power. Then Black Wand (John Bercow) knocks on the door three times with his black wand. Members of the House of Commons followed him into the House of Lords and stood at the end of the throne to hear the speech. The speech was held in the hall of the Lords because the elective assembly hall was usually barred from a constitutional monarch.
Deputies lined up for two, side by side, preceded by the prime minister (currently Conservative Boris Johnson) and the leader of the opposition (Labor Jeremy Corbyn). "Speech", which is handwritten on parchment, has a reading time of about 10 minutes. Two hours after the speech ended, lawmakers met in the House of Commons to begin discussing its content.