‘Historic moment’: Prince Charles replaces the Queen for the Speech from the Throne

“Historic moment” in the UK: Prince Charles delivered the traditional Throne speech in parliament on Tuesday, in place of his mother Elizabeth II, the Queen had relinquished the advice of her doctors.

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“Bringing a new sign of the transition that was taking place for the British monarchy under the effect of the health problems of the non-Agen sovereign, it was Prince Charles who arrived in parliament as the anthem sounded.”God save the Queen“.

The 73-year-old heir to the crown, in 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 his wife, symbolically smaller than that of the monarch.

'Historic moment': Prince Charles replaces the Queen for the Speech from the Throne

At his side was his wife Camilla, 74, as well as his eldest son, Prince William, 39, who was present for the first time, a further testament to a generational change.

'Historic moment': Prince Charles replaces the Queen for the Speech from the Throne

'Historic moment': Prince Charles replaces the Queen for the 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 that the head of state, now 96, had missed this solemn appointment of British democracy. Pregnant, she was absent in 1959 and 1963.

It was also the first time that the Prince of Wales, who has already represented him abroad for several years and is taking a growing place, replaced him 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 night that she had “reluctantly decided not to attend the Speech from the Throne” because of “episodic mobility issues”.

Signs for DailyMailthat the Queen “is still really at the top”: “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 jubilee celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of his reign.

Last week, the Queen warned she would not attend feast in the garden royal family this summer at Buckingham Palace.

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

Reclaim voters

Politically, this speech marks the will for Boris Johnson to be resurrected, a few days after severe setbacks in the local elections.

Coming triumphantly to power in July 2019, the conservative leader has seen his popularity plummet in recent months, amid a purchasing power crisis, criticism of his treatment of the pandemic and the “partygate” scandal that gave him a fine , the first for an incumbent head of government.

The speech opened with a promise to ‘strengthen the economy and help the cost of living’ in the face of rising household prices; in fact, according to a study published by the Food Foundation, millions of Britons are hungry.

The text includes measures that may appeal to the conservative base, in particular laws aimed at reducing bureaucracy following the UK’s exit from the European Union, which became fully effective last year.

The government also wants to prevent ‘guerrilla techniques’ of groups like Extinction Rebellion, hated by its base, which demonstrated by blocking roads or public transport’ harming working people, costing taxpayers millions of public money and putting lives at risk. .

To make the deportation of foreign criminals easier, the government wants to change human rights legislation.

If he manages to retain his post at the moment in the context of the war in Ukraine, the 57-year-old leader will try to regain disappointed voters for the two years left before the next legislative election. His speech will present 38 draft laws.

Opposition Labor Party leader Keir Starmer, also criticized for sharing beers and careers with a team from his party last year, stepped up pressure on his shoulders by vowing to resign if he receives a fine as prime minister. for violating anti-COVID rules.

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