The Queen was ‘determined’ that prince charles delivered her speech at Parliament’s State Opening — as part of the monarch’s “pin-sharp” “master plan” to prepare her son for the throne and “soften the edges of the transition.”
Her Majesty, 96, was reluctantly forced to stop the Queen’s Speech for the first time in 59 years on Tuesday due to ‘episodic mobility issues’.
She had only missed the event twice in her entire reign – in 1959 and 1963 when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward respectively – and the speech was read by the then Lord Chancellor.
Prince Charles, dressed in ‘full rig’ uniform, read her speech for the first time and was joined by Prince William – who have never been present before.
Mobility issues have haunted the Queen since last year, forcing her to cancel a string of high-profile public appearances – with concerns raised over whether the fading woman will ever be seen at the Palace of Westminster again.
But his appearance was planned by the Queen, her son and their aides as part of the final step to “soften the edges of the transition” before Charles becomes king. The times reports.
A royal source said: ‘Make no mistake, this was the trailer. The prince was dressed very royally, but not in such a way as to usurp the sovereign.
Prince Charles sits at The Imperial State Crown in the House of Lords Chamber on Tuesday during the State Opening of Parliament
Despite her health concerns, the Queen had a beaming smile as she watched The Royal Windsor Horse Show on Friday
The Queen in the picture when she delivered the Queen’s 2021 speech at the House of Lords in May last year
“Once you tune your eyes to that, it won’t be so different when we see him wearing the crown. Technically, it wasn’t even necessary to let him read the speech.”
An emotional Prince Charles stared at his mother’s crown before announcing 38 of Boris Johnson’s bills for the coming year, including new laws to properly punish eco-hooligans, take advantage of Brexit, better regulate landlords and ensure that Brits can pay their sky-high bills.
It was only the third time the Queen has missed the event in her 70-year reign, with the Lord Chancellor reading a speech on her behalf on each occasion.
But the monarch this year pushed for Charles to deliver the speech, instead of current Lord Chancellor Dominic Raab.
William and the Duchess of Cornwall flanked Charles as he delivered the speech from the consort’s throne, used for decades by his father Prince Philip, at an important constitutional moment for the UK.
Poignantly, a space remained beside him, where the queen’s slightly larger missing throne would usually stand, as power slowly passes from Britain’s longest-reigning monarch to her son and grandson.
The Prince of Wales who delivered the speech was a “very conscious decision” by the Queen, who likes to “record in people’s minds that his role is coming,” the source added.
Although the state opening of parliament is the most prominent formal engagement Charles has represented his mother at, she has been sowing the seeds for the transition since 2017.
Charles laid a wreath at the Remembrance Sunday event at the Cenotaph that year, while also appearing on her behalf at the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey earlier this year, hosting the first Buckingham Palace garden party this week.
The Prince of Wales (R) watches the removal of The Imperial State Crown (L) after giving a speech in the House of Lords Chamber during the State Opening of Parliament at the Houses of Parliament, in London, on 10 May 2022
Another source close to the Queen said “things have been changing for a while” as the monarch has a pragmatic understanding of her ability to fill the role.
But she continues to sign legislation, receive visits from heads of state and perform engagements virtually from her office.
The Queen is also said to remain razor-sharp and continues to meet weekly with the Prime Minister, insisting that she remains in charge.
It comes after the monarch, beaming proudly, sparked cheers of delight as she appeared in public for the first time since March at what is one of her favorite events of the year on Friday.
The Queen looked back on form at the Royal Windsor Horse show as she put on an animated display despite her ongoing health issues.
However, she has long since begun the gradual transition process and Charles is also expected to have access to the red boxes and government papers Her Majesty has received.
The prince “gets to see pretty much everything” and the couple “see each other in private much more than one realizes.”
Charles and Camilla will travel to Kigali, Rwanda next month, after their planned trip to the African country was postponed for the past two years due to Covid.
The monarch made Camilla the next queen consort in February, declaring that it was her “sincere wish” that her daughter-in-law be fully recognized when Charles becomes king
It will be the first Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting since 2018, where the Queen held a unanimous vote for Charles to succeed her.
She said she wanted her son to “continue the important work” started by her father in 1949.
The monarch also made Camilla the next queen consort in February, declaring that it was her “sincere wish” that her daughter-in-law be fully recognized when Charles becomes king.
In her Christmas Day broadcast, the Queen said ‘we see our own children and their families embracing the roles, traditions and values that mean so much to us’.
And at the Cop26 summit in Glasgow, she told how Prince Philip’s work to protect the planet “lives on through the work of our eldest con man Charles and his eldest son William.”
A source said she “has embraced the succession” but will remain behind the wheel.
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