LONDON: Prince Charles, heir to the British crown, made history for the first time by replacing Queen Elizabeth II at the formal opening of parliament on Tuesday, where he read out the government’s legislative programme, which includes measures against unruly protests from environmental groups. and cost of living plans.
Because of her mobility problems, the 96-year-old Sovereign was forced to rescind her appearance at this constitutional appointment, her first absence since 1963, when she was unable to attend parliament because of her youngest son, Prince Edward. was pregnant with
In a clear sign of a transition within the British monarchy, the 73-year-old Prince of Wales assumed the position of head of state today, and was accompanied by his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and their eldest son, the Duke. of Cambridge, who are attending the event for the first time.
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The legislative program is prepared by the government for reading at this official opening of Parliament at Westminster.
a ceremony with pomp
Despite Elizabeth II’s absence, the ceremony was held in the (high) House of Lords, where the royal crown was not lacking, by order of tradition, placed on the red throne, symbolizing the important ties between the monarchies. . and Parliament.
On behalf of the Queen and from that room reserved for the aristocracy, Prince Charles followed the protocol of rigor by asking an envoy to call the Commons (representative of the lower house) to hear his speech.
After walking down the corridor separating the two chambers at the Palace of Westminster, the envoy was slammed as soon as she reached the Commons, a traditional gesture and symbol of the independence and democratic power of the House of Commons.
Before the Commons, the envoy made three loud knocks on the door with a rod to inform the deputies of the call from Prince Charles on behalf of the head of state.
From that example, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the Leader of the Opposition, Labor Keir Starmer, walked together in the House of Lords, followed by ministers, the so-called “shadow cabinet” (Labour) and the rest of the people’s representatives.
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Once everyone in the Upper House—the Lord with his colorful omen cap—the Prince of Wales, dressed in military uniform, reads out the normal lines of the executive program for the next parliamentary term in just ten minutes.