Queen’s Speech: Historic Day of Transition in London – World Today News

Queen’s Speech: Historic Day of Transition in London – World Today News
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Under Crown supervision, Prince Charles reads the Queen’s Speech for the first time

“It was highly symbolic because instead of the Queen, Prince Charles gave the speech”

Queen Elizabeth missed the opening speech in the British Parliament for the first time in almost 60 years. Due to illness, the 96-year-old could not take part. WELT correspondent Stefanie bolt knows more about the Queen’s health.

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For the first time in 59 years, Queen Elizabeth II has canceled her attendance at the British State Opening of Parliament. She was represented by her son Prince Charles – a signal from the monarch that the time of transition has irrevocably begun?

Dhe Queen’s Speech, with which the British Parliament is opened every year, is full of centuries-old rituals and symbolism. From the “Imperial State” crown worn for the occasion, to the “Black Rod” calling MPs to the House of Lords.

In 2022, however, the traditional opening of Parliament has even greater symbolism. Her son, heir to the throne Prince Charles, took the place of Elizabeth II for the first time on Tuesday. The 96-year-old monarch had canceled her presence the night before for the first time in 59 years.

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The Queen has been known to have trouble walking for a long time. However, these are only “episodic”, as the announcement by Buckingham Palace emphasized. She “reluctantly” canceled the speech. Nevertheless, it is a signal from the monarch, who is on the throne for 70 years this year, that the time of transition has irrevocably begun.

She gave her son a short-term special royal permit to represent her in the House of Lords to read out the government program. He did this from the throne of the “Queen Consort”, on which his father Prince Philip, who died in April 2021, used to sit. Charles isn’t king yet.

The fact that, in addition to son Charles (73), grandson Prince William also attended the ceremony for the first time, made the continued existence of the monarchy clear. At his father’s side, 39-year-old William presented the personified guarantee that the institution of royalty is not in question. Come what may.

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The ‘Queen’s Speech’ is the pre-eminent occasion in Britain’s calendar of glamorous events, evoking the constitutional role of the Crown. The House of Lords is crowded with red-robed Lords and Baronesses, the Justices of the Supreme Court in white wigs. In addition, diplomats from all parts of the world.

Indian saris can be seen as well as Arabic keffiyehs and traditional African costumes in bright colors. The invited British ladies wear elegant “fascinators” on their heads, many of the gentlemen wear tails. The mood on the benches upholstered in red leather is excited. But when the ceremony begins, it’s dead quiet.

Because the protocol is strict and timed to the minute. An example: The Imperial State Crown with its 2868 diamonds, eleven sapphires, eleven emeralds and 269 pearls always comes first in the upper house.

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On a red velvet cushion, she is specially driven in a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI from Buckingham Palace to Parliament, and then back to the Tower, where she is exhibited as part of the Crown Jewels. Only the Lord Great Chamberlain, the chief chamberlain, may bring the crown into Parliament.

In 2019, the Queen stopped wearing the one-kilo crown for the first time. This is so heavy “that it can break your neck if you look up from the speech manuscript,” she later explained. “Crowns have certain disadvantages, but in general they’re pretty important.”

For seven minutes on Tuesday afternoon, Prince Charles read out the 38 bills proposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government. The text had to be adapted at short notice. Because the Queen always speaks of “my government”. Her son, on the other hand, has to talk about “Her Majesty’s Government”. Until one day he reads his “King’s Speech”.


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