Prince Charles gives update on Queen Elizabeth after she missed opening of Parliament due to 'mobility issues'

The Prince of Wales addressed Parliament as he stepped in for the monarch for the Queen's Speech

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Prince Charles says The Queen is "looking forward" to Platinum Jubilee celebrations that are taking place across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth this year.

The Prince of Wales delivered the speech as the Queen sat out for the first time in 59 years.
The Prince of Wales delivered the speech as the Queen sat out for the first time in 59 years.

The Prince of Wales addressed Parliament as he stepped in for the monarch for the Queen's Speech.

The Queen missed out on the event for the first time in 59 years due to her ongoing mobility issues.

Charles told the House of Lords: "In this year of the Platinum Jubilee her majesty looks forward to the celebrations taking place across the United Kingdom and throughout the Commonwealth."

On either side of Charles were William, in a morning coat, at his first State Opening, and the Duchess of Cornwall, wearing a day dress and hat, in the Chairs of State.

Charles delivered the speech in the third person, using “Her Majesty’s Government”.

As he took on the head of state’s major constitutional duty for the first time, the move has been interpreted as a symbolic and significant shift in his responsibilities as a future monarch.

The prince walked through the Palace of Westminster pausing at moments to greet dignitaries.

Charles, with Camilla at his side, and William behind, walked slowly and steadily as he processed to his seat.

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