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Queen to miss State Opening of Parliament for first time in 59 years

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he Queen is to miss the State Opening of Parliament for the first time in 59 years, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The Prince of Wales will read the Queen’s Speech on her behalf following a decision taken by the monarch and her aides.

It follows the news that the monarch would miss this year’s royal garden parties when they return this summer.

The Queen has withdrawn from a number of engagements in recent months and has suffered from mobility problems.

A royal source told The Sun that the monarch had taken the decision to withdraw from the event at Parliament on Tuesday due to her difficulties walking.

She is understood to have a busy diary at Windsor this week with a call with Australia undertaken on Monday, and a planned virtual Privy Council and phone audience with the Prime Minister on Wednesday.

However, it is expected that she will undertake some private engagements later in the week.

The last time the monarch missed the State Opening of parliament was in 1963, when she was pregnant with Prince Edward.

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