‘Historic Moment’: Prince Charles Replaces Queen for Speech from the Throne

“Historic moment” in the UK: Prince Charles delivered the traditional Speech from the Throne in Parliament on Tuesday, in place of his mother Elizabeth II, whom the Queen had given up on the advice of her doctors.

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It was Prince Charles who arrived in Parliament as the national anthem sounded, another sign of the on-going transition for the British monarchy under the influence of the non-eternal sovereign’s health problems.God save the queen

The 73-year-old heir to the crown, in a decorated uniform, then read on behalf of the Queen the speech setting out the government’s program at the opening of the parliamentary session.

He sat on the throne reserved for the consort, symbolically smaller than that of the monarch.

'Historic Moment': Prince Charles Replaces Queen for Speech from the Throne

At his side was his wife Camilla, 74, as well as his eldest son, Prince William, 39, who attended for the first time, further evidence of a generational change taking place.

'Historic Moment': Prince Charles Replaces Queen for Speech from the Throne

'Historic Moment': Prince Charles Replaces Queen for Speech from the Throne

The crown was placed on a pillow.

Third time in 70 years

It was only the third time in 70 years of government that the head of state, now 96, had missed this solemn appointment of British democracy. Pregnant she had been absent in 1959 and 1963.

It was also the first time that the Prince of Wales, who has represented her abroad for several years and is growing in popularity, replaced her for the speech.

Queen Elizabeth II

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Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen had long hoped to attend, until Buckingham Palace announced Monday evening that she had “reluctantly decided not to participate in the Speech from the Throne” due to her “episodic mobility issues”.

Signs for the Daily mailthat the Queen is “still really in charge”: “But make no mistake, this is a historic moment for the Crown.”

His absence raises questions about his participation, in early June, in the platinum anniversary celebrations to mark his 70th anniversary.

Last week, the Queen warned that she would not be attending the garden parties royals at Buckingham Palace this summer.

Her most recent public appearance was at the March 29 memorial service for her late husband, Prince Philip, who died last year at the age of 99.

Win back voters

On a political level, this speech marks Boris Johnson’s will to revive a few days after severe setbacks in the local elections.

The conservative leader, who came to power triumphantly in July 2019, has seen his popularity plummet in recent months, against the backdrop of the purchasing power crisis, criticism of his handling of the pandemic and the ‘party gate’ scandal that has left him fined, resulted in a first. for a head of government in office.

The speech began with a pledge to “strengthen the economy and help ease the cost of living” in the face of rising prices hitting households; in fact, according to a study published by the Food Foundation, millions of Britons are starving.

The text includes measures that will appeal to the conservative base, in particular laws aimed at cutting red tape following the UK’s departure from the European Union, which came into full effect last year.

The government also wants to prevent the ‘guerrilla techniques’ of groups such as Extinction Rebellion, hated by its base, who protested by blocking roads or public transport, from ‘harming hard-working people, costing taxpayers millions of government money and endangering lives.

To make it easier to deport foreign criminals, the government wants to change human rights law.

If he manages to save his post for now in the context of the war in Ukraine, the bubbling 57-year-old leader will try to win back the disappointed voters for the two years he has left before the next parliamentary election. His speech will introduce 38 bills.

Opposition leader Keir Starmer, also criticized for sharing beer and curries with a team from his party last year, put pressure on his shoulders by promising to resign if he is fined as prime minister for violating anti-COVID laws. lines.

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