The queen will miss the opening of the British Parliament due to “mobility problems”

Queen Elizabeth will not attend the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday amid ongoing mobility issues.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Monday that the decision was made in consultation with her doctors as she “continues to experience episodic mobility problems” and had “reluctantly” decided not to attend.

“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 in attendance,” the palace said in a statement.

It will be the third time during her reign that Queen Elizabeth, 96, has not opened Parliament. She previously missed the opening in 1959, when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew, and in 1963, when she was pregnant with Prince Edward.

The State Opening of Parliament is a centenary ceremony marking the start of the legislative year. The show traditionally begins with a carriage ride to the Houses of Parliament, followed by the monarch reading the Queen’s Speech which sets out the government’s legislative agenda at a joint session attended by members of the House of Lords and the House of Representatives. of the Commons.

It will be the first time that Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, will have an official role at the event.

Tested positive for COVID-19 in February

Britain’s longest-serving monarch, the Queen last appeared in public during a service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the life of Prince Philip, her husband of more than 70 years, who died last year.

He has spent much of the last two years at Windsor Castle, west of London, where he took refuge during the pandemic. He has continued to work throughout this period, although most of his tasks have been carried out virtually, including meetings with ambassadors, health workers and schoolchildren.

She tested positive for COVID-19 in February and has said she was left very tired. She also spent a night in hospital in October for an unspecified ailment.

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