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Prince Charles delivers the Queen’s speech for the first time

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London: Prince Charles took center stage at the opening of the British Parliament, replacing the 96-year-old Queen, who missed the grand event for the first time in almost six decades.

The Queen was forced to retreat due to recurring mobility issues, 73-year-old Charles took her place at Westminster Palace to read the government’s legislative program.

Prince Charles sits at the Imperial Crown of the State when he delivers a speech by the Queen during the state opening of Parliament in the House of Lords in London.Credit:Getty Images

The heir to the throne was joined by his wife Camilla and son Prince William to open a new session of parliament together after the Queen sent them in as state advisers to replace her.

The state opening of the parliament is an event of immense pomp and festivity, in which the Queen traditionally rides in a state carriage accompanied by cavalry in ceremonial uniform, while the Imperial Crown and other regalia ride ahead in their own carriage.

In a speech written by the government for the monarch to outline his priorities for the next 12 months, Charles began by saying that the government’s priority was to improve the economy and address the cost of living crisis.

“Her Majesty’s Government’s priority is to develop and strengthen the economy, as well as to help reduce the cost of living for families,” said Charles.

Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince William follow the Crown of the Imperial State through the Royal Gallery.

Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince William follow the Crown of the Imperial State through the Royal Gallery.Credit:AP

“Her Majesty’s Government will increase opportunities in all parts of the country and support more people to work. Its ministers will continue to support the police to make the streets safer, and to fund the National Health Service to reduce COVID’s backlog. “

The speech also touched on a variety of topics, including economic crime, schools, animal welfare, railway reform and energy security. It has also made several commitments that are not presented as legislation, such as coded references to current issues with the Northern Ireland Protocol.

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