Buckingham Palace have formally rewritten Her Majesty The Queen’s role after a series of mobility issues have forced her to pull out of a number of key events. For the first time in more than a decade, Buckingham Palace scaled back Her Majesty’s “official duties” in its annual report.
One such event that is no longer considered a duty of The Queen is the State Opening of Parliament, once considered necessary by “constitutional convention.” The Queen missed the 2022 State Opening of Parliament after suffering “episodic mobility issues” and her duties were instead carried out by The Prince of Wales alongside The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke of Cambridge.
The State Opening was one of six occasions the Monarch was previously required to attend. Four of the other five, including Trooping the Colour and Royal Ascot, were also attended by Prince Charles this year.
The Sovereign Grant Report is signed off by the Keeper of the Privy Purse, Sir Michael Stevens. The report splits The Queen’s duties in to two categories: Head of State and Head of Nation.
Previously, The Queen’s duties as Head of State included the appointment of a Prime Minister as well paying and receiving State Visits. Now, Her Majesty’s role is described more vaguely saying it “encompasses a range of parliamentary and diplomatic duties.”
The report also stresses the support that The Queen receives from wider members of The Royal Family stating “The Queen is greatly assisted by other members of The Royal Family who undertake official duties on behalf of Her Majesty.”
This week, Her Majesty The Queen travelled to Scotland for the annual Holyrood Week where she took part in a series of engagements including the traditional Ceremony of the Keys at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.