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Charles & William remplace la reine alors qu'elle manque le Parlement d'État

PRINCE Charles and Prince William have stepped in for the Queen this morning as she misses her first State Opening of Parliament in 59 années.

Her Majesty, 96, made the shock call to pull out at the last minute yesterday after speaking to her royal doctor.

The Queen will not attend the State Opening of Parliament today for the first time since 1963. She is pictured at last year's event

The Queen will not attend the State Opening of Parliament today for the first time since 1963. She is pictured at last year’s eventCrédit: AP
She will be represented by son Charles, who will read her speech, and grandson William

She will be represented by son Charles, who will read her speech, and grandson WilliamCrédit: Pennsylvanie
The Prince of Wales was accompanied by Camilla

The Prince of Wales was accompanied by CamillaCrédit: Jeremy Selwyn
He will sit beside the throne, which will remain empty

He will sit beside the throne, which will remain emptyCrédit: Getty
The PM looked cheerful shortly before the State Opening - despite facing a fight to get his premiership back on track

The PM looked cheerful shortly before the State Openingdespite facing a fight to get his premiership back on trackCrédit: Pennsylvanie

Charles, 73, has been granted powers to deliver the televised speech on the Government’s legislative programme alongside his eldest son in a historic change to protocol.

The dramatic withdrawal has sparked fresh fears for the Queen’s health a month before her Platinum Jubilee party. It’s the first time since 1963 she has failed to attend the State Opening, and only the second time ever.

Palace sources have repeatedly reassured Brits that she is not ill, and is suffering episodic mobility problems”.

toutefois, there are now fears over whether she will appear at all at her four-day Platinum Jubilee from Thursday, juin 2.

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In her absence, Charles is taking on the head of state’s major constitutional duty.

It’s a move that will be seen by many as a significant shift in his responsibilities as king-in-waiting.

It’s also the first time William, who is expected to wear a morning suit, has attended the State Opening. He travelled separately, and arrived ahead of his father and stepmother, pausing to meet dignitaries.

Neither of the royals will sit on the throne, which will instead be kept empty. Charles is also not wearing a crown, and took his seat in his naval uniform beside future queen consort [object Window], Duchess of Cornwall.

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The Queen is understood to be watching the proceedings on television from Windsor Castle. She will have her weekly phone audience with the Prime Minister on Wednesday.

The Imperial State Crown, the Cap of Maintenance and the Sword of State were transported to the Palace of Westminster in three state limousines ahead of the service. Charles and William arrived in a state limousine.

It’s also a big day for Boris Johnson, who is trying to pull his embattled premiership back on track with a slew of promises to the nation.

The PM will use the ceremony to light a bonfire of Brexit red tape and drive forward his levelling up agenda after months of distraction.

He will deliver the speech at around 11.25am. It can be watched on The Sun’s website.

In all, the speech will include 38 Bills, including seven measures scrapping EU regulationcovering areas from data reform to gene-editing to financial servicesas ministers seek to capitalise on the benefits of Brexit.

It will include a new crackdown onguerrilla protestswith jail sentences of up to six months and unlimited fines for those who glue themselves to roads ou “lock onto public transport infrastructure.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said the measures were necessary to prevent protest groups like Insulate Britain and Extinction Rebellion from bringing the country toa grinding halt”.

In a sign of the Government’s determination to drive them through now, officials said the legislation could be introduced in Parliament as early as Wednesday.

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Mr Johnson said all of the measures are part of a wider programme to get the countryback on trackafter the pandemic while addressing the cost-of-living challenges.

In a tweet ahead of the Speech, the Prime Minister said the Government isfocused like a laseron the issues that matter most to the public.

Il a écrit: “In these challenging times, this Government will provide the leadership needed to deliver for you.

Your priorities are our priorities and we are focused like a laser on the issues that matter to you most.

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A Schools Bill for England will crack down on truancy, beef up the powers of education watchdogs and reform the funding system, while a Media Bill will enable the privatisation of Channel 4.

And a Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill is expected to give local leaders powers to rejuvenate high streets, by forcing landlords to rent out empty shop units.

The Imperial State Crown was driven to the Houses of Parliament ahead of the event

The Imperial State Crown was driven to the Houses of Parliament ahead of the eventCrédit: AFP
It was then poignantly carried through the Sovereign's Entrance

It was then poignantly carried through the Sovereign’s EntranceCrédit: Getty
Camilla beamed and waved as she and Charles arrived

Camilla beamed and waved as she and Charles arrivedCrédit: Darren Fletcher
Prince Charles will the Queen's Speech. Her throne remained empty and Charles wore naval uniform

Prince Charles will the Queen’s Speech. Her throne remained empty and Charles wore naval uniformCrédit: AFP
He was joined by son William, who is attending the ceremony for the first time

He was joined by son William, who is attending the ceremony for the first timeCrédit: Getty