August 19, 2022

She will miss it for the first time in 59 years

The Queen will not attend this year’s State Opening of Parliament, it has been announced.

Buckingham Palace confirmed the news on Monday evening, stating that the 96-year-old monarch will not attend due to “episodic mobility problems”.

Tomorrow’s ceremony, which sets out the government’s legislative plans, will be the first time the Queen has missed the constitutional ceremony since 1963.

The Queen during the State Opening of Parliament at the House of Lords in 2021 (Credit: Getty Images)

Prince Charles will instead deliver the speech on her behalf.

This is not the first event the Queen has missed this year. It was only last month that she pulled out of the Maundy Day church service, which she’s only ever done after giving birth, or when on tour. She also missed the Easter service at St George’s Chapel, in Windsor.

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