Queen Elizabeth II to Miss State Opening of UK Parliament

Queen Elizabeth II will not attend this year’s State Opening of Parliament and the reading of the Queen’s Speech for the first time in 59 years, the Buckingham Palace announced.

“The Queen continues to experience episodic mobility problems, and in consultation with her doctors has reluctantly decided that she will not attend the State Opening of Parliament tomorrow,” the Buckingham Palace said in a statement on May 9.

The Prince of Wales will read the Queen’s Speech on her behalf as Counsellors of State on May 10 after the Queen issued a new “Letters Patent.”

The Queen has not delegated other functions.

The Queen’s throne will remain empty in the House of Lords.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, who will also attend, will sit in their usual seats.

The Imperial State Crown will still travel to Parliament.

A No. 10 spokesperson said, “The prime minister fully respects the wishes of Her Majesty and is grateful to the Prince of Wales for agreeing to deliver the speech on her behalf.”

This is only the third time the Queen in her reign has failed to attend the opening, which lays out the government’s legislative plans.

The Queen had previously missed the opening in 1959 and 1963 when she was pregnant.

The Queen’s absence raises concerns if she will be able to participate in her jubilee celebrations that are just over a month away.

In recent months, the Queen has been forced to miss a number of events.

The Queen’s attendance at events is reportedly being decided on a case-by-case basis.

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