United Kingdom: very noticeable absence of Queen Elizabeth II at the throne speech

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United Kingdom: very noticeable absence of Queen Elizabeth II at the throne speech
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M. Boisseau, L. Soudre, M. September, N. Boothby – France 3

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Queen Elizabeth II’s throne remained empty on Tuesday, May 10, for the throne speech. She was, for the first time, replaced by Prince Charles. What revive the conjectures on the state of health of the queen, less than three weeks of her platinum jubilee.

The crown arrived in Parliament in Westminster (United Kingdom), Tuesday, May 10, but without the one who has worn it for 70 years: Elizabeth II, weakened, had to give up the throne speech. Prince Charles replaced her for the very first time, accompanied by his wife, Camilla, and Prince William. The United Kingdom is gradually entering a new era.

In 2021, the Queen was present to unveil the government’s programme. She only missed the appointment twice: in 1959 and in 1962, because she was pregnant. This year, his health did not allow him to make the trip. She suffers, according to Buckingham, from “episodic mobility problems”. The queen only makes rare appearances, often decided on the same morning, depending on her condition. His schedule has been reduced to a bare minimum. The British nevertheless hope that the queen will be able to attend her platinum jubilee, at the beginning of June, which will celebrate her 70 years of reign.


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