IN PICTURES | “Historical moment”: Prince Charles replaces the Queen

“Historical moment” in the United Kingdom: Prince Charles delivered the traditional throne speech in Parliament on Tuesday in place of his mother Elizabeth II after the Queen gave up on the advice of her doctors.

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It was Prince Charles who was setting in motion a new sign of transition for the British monarchy, who was under the influence of the sovereign’s 10-year-old health problems, when the anthem sounded.God Save the Queen“.

The 73-year-old crown prince then read the speech with the government program for the opening of the parliamentary session on behalf of the Queen in a decorated uniform.


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


At his side were his wife Camilla, 74, and his eldest son, Prince William, 39, who was there for the first time, further proof of the generational change that had taken place.


The crown was placed on a pillow.

It was only the third time in 70 years of reign that the 96-year-old head of state 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 been representing her abroad for several years and has a growing place, replaced her for the speech.

Queen Elizabeth the second

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Queen Elizabeth the second

The Queen had long been hoping to attend until Buckingham Palace announced on Monday night that she had “reluctantly decided not to attend the Speech from the Throne” due to her “episodic mobility issues”.

sign 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 has raised questions about his attendance at the platinum jubilee celebrations earlier in June to mark his 70th anniversary in government.

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

Her last public appearance was on March 29 at the memorial service for her late husband Prince Philip, who died aged 99 last year.

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

The Conservative leader, who triumphantly came to power in July 2019, has seen his popularity in recent months amid a spending power crisis, criticism for his handling of the pandemic and the “Partygate” scandal that netted him a fine, a first for an incumbent prime minister.

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

The text includes measures that are likely to appeal to the Conservative base, notably legislation to cut red tape following the UK’s exit from the European Union, which came into full force last year.

The government also wants to prevent the “guerrilla techniques” used by grassroots hated groups like Extinction Rebellion, demonstrated by blocking roads or public transport, “to harm hard-working people, cost taxpayers millions of public funds and endangering human life.

The government wants to change human rights legislation to make it easier to deport foreign criminals.

If he managed to save his post for the time being in connection with the war in Ukraine, the bubbly 57-year-old will try to win back disappointed voters for the two years he has left until the next general election. His speech will introduce 38 bills.

Opposition Labor Party leader Keir Starmer, who was also criticized for sharing beers and curries with a team from his party last year, put the pressure on his shoulders by pledging to resign if he was fined as prime minister violation of anti-COVID rules.

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