Britain’s Prince Charles opened the parliamentary year in London with a speech from the throne on behalf of Queen Elizabeth. He said that the government’s priorities are economic growth and help for families dealing with rising living costs.
Charles set out the most important policy plans in Queen’s Speech. Boris Johnson’s government will introduce laws for cheaper and cleaner energy, better housing and education reforms, among other things.
The Prince of Wales also referred to the war in Ukraine. “The government will play a leading role in defending democracy and freedom worldwide,” he said. Charles also stated that the government would “continue to seize opportunities” created by Brexit and also announced other plans for the economy.
The 73-year-old prince did not sit in the chair of Queen Elizabeth, who was absent due to her health, but that of her late husband, Prince Philip. Instead, a chair was placed next to Charles for his wife, Camilla. Nothing was said about Elizabeth’s absence in the Speech from the Throne. Charles did say that his mother is looking forward to the festivities because she has been on the throne for seventy years.
A day before the traditional opening of the parliamentary year, it was announced that her eldest son and intended successor would replace the Queen. Elizabeth, 96, who has been the British head of state for 70 years, has struggled with mobility problems. She was also unable to attend in 1959 and 1963 because she was pregnant.