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Prince Charles to step up as future King as he joins Queen at State Opening of Parliament

Queen's Speech: Queen prepares for state opening of Parliament

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The Prince of Wales, 72, will reportedly take the place of Prince Philip, who died earlier this month, for the ceremonial event in the House of Lords on May 11. Members of the Royal Family are said to be “determined” to rally round the monarch, 95, as she grieves for her beloved husband, with heir to the throne Charles “at the forefront” of the efforts.

A Lords source told the Sun: “It is a clear signal that the Queen does not want the crown to skip a generation and that Prince Charles will start ­taking on an even bigger role in royal life.”

Another source added: “There will be a visible show of support for the Queen from senior members of the family at future events, and the opening of Parliament is no exception.

“The Queen has been incredibly stoic throughout the last few weeks, but the family are determined to rally round and support her.

“Charles will be at the forefront of those efforts as heir.”

Charles joined the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament in 2017 when Philip was in hospital.

He also accompanied Her Majesty at the ceremonial event following the Duke’s retirement.

The State Opening of Parliament marks the formal start of the parliamentary year.

The Queen’s Speech sets out the Government’s agenda for the coming session.

The ceremonial event, which is televised, usually attracts large crowds but it is expected to be adapted this year due to coronavirus restrictions.

It comes as royal mourning ended for the monarchy last Friday.

Since the death of the Queen’s consort on April 9, the Royal Family had only carried out official duties where appropriate and dressed in black as a mark of respect when in public.

From last Friday, they resumed their official roles in full after observing the two-week period of mourning.

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The Queen now reigns alone without the support of her “strength and stay”, as she famously described her late husband.

The monarch thanked members of the public for tributes to Philip in a statement released on her 95th birthday last Wednesday.

She said: “I have, on the occasion of my 95th birthday today, received many messages of good wishes, which I very much appreciate.

“While as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to us all to see and to hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world.

“My family and I would like to thank you all for the support and kindness shown to us in recent days.

“We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life.”

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