Queen’s Speech – latest news: Focus on cost of living crisis, as monarch pulls out of office opening

Watch live as Prince Charles attends state opening of parliament

Prince Charles has begun his address to Parliament as he delivers the Queen’s Speech.

Standing in for the Queen, Charles told Parliament: “Her Majesty’s Government will drive economic growth to improve living standards and fund sustainable investment in public services.

“This will be underpinned by a responsible approach to the public finances, reducing debt while reforming and cutting taxes.”

The Monarch, 96, reluctantly pulled out of the major ceremonial occasion following advice from her royal doctors as she continues to experience “episodic mobility problems”.

Talking to GB News, policing minister Kit Malthouse claimed there would be “assertive new measures” that would “dynamise our economy” and “drive it forward”, following repeated criticism that the government was not doing enough to help households cope.

The Duchess of Cornwall will also accompany Charles, but the Queen’s main throne will remain empty in the House of Lords. The monarch is understood to be watching the dates on television from Windsor Castle.

The Queen last missed the state openings of in 1959 and 1963, when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew and then Prince Edward.

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Prince Charles says government will support economic growth

The Government “will continue to seize the opportunities of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, to support economic growth”, the Prince of Wales told Parliament.

The data protection regime will be reformed and the financial services industry will be strengthened, Charles said.

Laws would also be introduced to implement the UK’s first free trade agreements since Brexit, he added.

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Prince Charles promises reforms to education

The Queen’s Speech promises reforms for England’s schools and higher education.

The Prince of Wales said: “Reforms to education will help every child fulfill their potential wherever they live, raising standards and improving the quality of schools and higher education.”

Prince Charles addressing Parliament

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Prince of Wales promises Her Majesty’s Government will support the people of Ukraine

“My Government will level up opportunity in all parts of the country and support more people into work,” he said.

Delivering the Queen’s Speech he promised that in the “challenging times” the Government would continue to support the people of Ukraine.

Standing in for the Queen, Charles told Parliament: “Her Majesty’s Government will drive economic growth to improve living standards and fund sustainable investment in public services.

“This will be underpinned by a responsible approach to the public finances, reducing debt while reforming and cutting taxes.

“Her Majesty’s ministers will support the Bank of England to return inflation to its target.”

The Prince of Wales said the Government’s priority is to “grow and strengthen the economy and help ease the cost of living for families”.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 May 2022 11:39

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Prince Charles commences the Queen’s Speech

In his address to Parliament, Prince Charles said:

“Her Majesty’s government’s priority is to grow and strengthen the economy and help ease the cost of living for families.

“Her Majesty’s ministers will continue to support the police to make the streets safer and fund the National Health Service to reduce the Covid backlogs.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 May 2022 11:37

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Prince Charles addresses Parliament as the Queen’s Speech begins

Prince Charles addresses Parliament as the Queen’s Speech begins. Stay tuned.

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What will happen as the ceremony begins?

As the prince, duchess and duke make their way through the building, dismounted Troopers from the Household Cavalry in full State kit of plumed helmets, mirror polished boots and swords drawn will line the staircase at the entrance.

They are the only troops allowed to bear arms within the Royal Palaces.

The Queen would have led a procession through the Royal Gallery but now the royal trio will follow the route to the Chamber of the House of Lords.

The Sovereigns Procession is led by senior parliamentary and government officers, including the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Speaker of the House of Lords and the Lord Privy Seal.

The Great Sword of State and the Cap of Maintenance, symbols of the Sovereign’s power and authority, are carried in front.

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Royals arrive for Queen’s Speech

Prince Charles, with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince William have arrived by car at the Palace of Westminster.

The Prince of Wales will step in for the Queen today as she continues to suffer from “episodic mobility problems”.

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Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 May 2022 11:23

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Empty throne speaks volumes as Queen is missed at major ceremony

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Duke of Cambridge arrives at State Opening of Parliament

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Center stage for the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge amid the Queen’s absence

The State Opening of Parliament will feature ceremonial elements designed for the Queen but now the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge will take center stage.

The head of state was due to travel by a state limousine, instead of a carriage, to the Palace of Westminster for her comfort, during a ceremony which will feature fewer troops but maintain the military pomp and splendor, the Ministry of Defense has said.

Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will use the same transport and it is likely they will be joined by William, who, along with his father, has been designated by the Queen to open the new parliamentary session.

In past years when carriages were used, the route was lined by military personnel from the three services and mounted officers and troopers from the Household Division of the British Army provided an escort for the Crown Regalia and the Queen’s carriage procession from Buckingham Palace to the House of Lords.

The Regalia – the Imperial State Crown, the Cap of Maintenance and Sword of State – traveled in their own carriage, ahead of the monarch, escorted by senior members of the royal household.

However, for Tuesday’s ceremony two mounted divisions of the Household Cavalry will form two rows at Horse Guards Parade creating a “secure passage” the royal party’s limousine can travel through on its way to parliament. The Crown Regalia will be also transported by car.

The mounted officers and troopers will be joined by the Band of the Scots Guards, directed by Major Tony Williams, who will provide musical accompaniment and on the Whitehall side of Horse Guards, the Queen’s Life Guard will turn out to form a secure mounted guard in the front yard of the London Army Headquarters.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 May 2022 11:15

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