Queen's speech LIVE – Colossal moment as Her Maj's health makes Prince Charles 1st heir in 212 years to open parliament
10th May 2022

TODAY marks a HUGE moment for the monarchy as The Queen will miss the State Opening of Parliament for the first time in 59 years today.

The Sun can reveal that Her Majesty, 96, made the tough decision not to attend due to her difficulties walking, sparking fresh health fears.

Prince Charles, 72, will instead stand in for his mother at Parliament, a huge promotion for the future King.

This is the first time in 59 years that the Queen has failed to attend the State Opening of Parliament.

Last month the Queen pulled out of an Easter event at St George's Chapel in Windsor.

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Louis Allwood

    What time is the State Opening of Parliament today?

    The Queen's speech normally happens only once a year, usually in spring or following a general election.

    It normally lasts around 10 minutes, depending the on the number of announcements and proposed laws contained in it.

    The main parts of the ceremony will take place between 11am and 12.30pm.

    The speech will likely begin at around 11.30am on May 10, 2022.

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince William 'fiercely protective'

    Prince William has been hailed for his protective streak in defending the Cambridge children.

    A recent incident proved that the Duke is "fiercely protective" of his family.

    Royal commentator Robert Jobson spoke on the True Royalty’s The Royal Beat about when a lurking paparazzi was spotted on a family bike ride.

    Mr Jobson said: "William went steaming over and really ripped him off and told him what he thought, and the police moved him on. He is fiercely protective of his children and that’s right."

  • Louis Allwood

    Withdrawal from State Opening of Parliament sparks fresh health fears

    THE Queen will miss the State Opening of Parliament for the first time in 59 years due to her worsening mobility problems.

    She made the shock call to pull out after speaking to her royal doctor. Prince Charles, 73, has been granted powers to deliver the televised speech alongside Prince William 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.

    Buckingham Palace confirmed Her Majesty, 96, will not be at today's ceremony in Westminster because of “episodic mobility problems”.

    She has instead issued a royal decree allowing son Charles, 73, and grandson William, 39, powers to act in her place for one day only.

    They will now “jointly” open the new session of Parliament on her behalf as Counsellors of State.

    The Queen’s absence marks the first time since 1963 she has failed to attend the State Opening, and only the second time ever.

    Her throne will sit empty and it is understood the Imperial State Crown will travel to Parliament though Charles will not wear it.

  • The Sun

    Prince William wanted to be a police officer as a child for this sweet reason

    The Duke of Cambridge was born with is career path already destined, but wanted to join the police force instead when he was a child.

    Robert Jobson, Royal reporter, told of how William wanted to become a police man to protect his mother.

    The statement was revealed in his 2006 book, heartbreakingly William wanted to keep his mother safe.

  • The Sun

    Sarah Ferguson shares enchanted woodland photos for Mother’s Day in the US

    Fergie shared a selection of beautiful photos to celebrate.

    The Duchess of York posted the pictures, which show magical forest scenes and carpets of bluebells.

    Fergie uploaded the photo for the American Mothering Sunday, which gained more than 2,000 likes.

    She captioned the post: “To everyone that is celebrating, Happy Mother’s Day.”

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    A post shared by Sarah Ferguson (@sarahferguson15)

  • The Sun

    The Queen sends a message to mark the 77th Liberation Day for Guernsey and Jersey

    Queen Elizabeth II shared the message on Instagram to celebrate the occasion.

    Shared to the Royal family’s Instagram stories, the message said: “As you remember the trails and hardship that the people of Jersey endured during the occupation in the Second World War, we are reminded of the courage and sacrifice of those who remained; those who were deported or evacuated from the Island; and those who served in the Armed Forces.”

    The Islands welcome the Earl and Countess of Wessex as part of the Liberation Day celebrations, which is a bank holiday over in Jersey and Guernsey.

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    A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)

  • The Sun

    Prince Harry tries his hand at acting

    He wears a t-shirt that says “Girl Dad” on the front, for a new promotional video for Travelyst

    The Duke of Sussex’s promotional video flips the script on holiday ratings. What if our holidays rated us?

    His new advert appeared on YouTube and featured Kiwi stars Rhys Darby, Dave Fane and Rena Owen.

    In the video, Harry get’s rated for his trip to New Zealand in 2018. He was rated just three stars, after dropping a lolly wrapper. But he was praised for turning the tap off when he brushed his teeth.https://www.youtube.com/embed/V_sUwhZhTTY?feature=oembed

  • The Sun

    Queen could make special effort to include Beatrice and Eugenie for Jubilee Celebrations

    Their father, Prince Andrew will not be attending the Royal balcony after being stripped from his titles and only senior Royals will be invited.

    Eugenie and Beatrice will not be attending the balcony either as they are not senior Royals.

    However it remains to be seen whether the Queen will make certain arrangements for the princesses, so they are not left out.

  • The Sun

    Ruth Wilson was appointed an MBE by Princess Anne

    She wore white to the investiture ceremony, where she received an MBE for her dedication to acting.

    Ruth, 40, received the honours during the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 4 May.

    She is known for her appearances in the dramatic crime series Luther, and The Affair.

    The actress has starred in dozens of drama’s since her debut in 2006 for Channel 5’s programme Suburban Shootout.

  • The Sun

    Inside Queen’s ‘doting’ relationship with her grandchildren

    TO everyone around her she is “Your Majesty” or “Ma’am”, but to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis the Queen is simply: “Gan-gan”.

    And Queen Elizabeth loves the nickname, taking her role — which sees her delight in choosing presents for her 12 great-grandchildren, teaching them to ride and even enjoying a splash-about in the pool at Buckingham Palace — very seriously.

    When the Queen acceded the throne in 1952, she was a young mum to Charles and Anne, and even after the arrival of Andrew and Edward, a combination of strict nannies and royal duties meant she didn’t have much time for her children.

    It was very different when she became “Granny” in 1977 with the birth of Peter Philips and she doted on him, his sister Zara, Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

    The 96-year-old has also become particularly close to her youngest grandchildren, Lady Louise, 18, and James, Viscount Severn, 14 — Prince Edward and Sophie’s children, who visit her regularly at Windsor Castle.

    A former courtier observed: “The Queen is extremely fond of her family and loves having them around her, particularly the grandchildren and great-grandchildren as they get a little older.” 

    Find out more about the Queen’s surprise gifts.

  • The Sun

    Cast aside: Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and Meghan will not appear on royal balcony for Queen’s Jubilee

    The three family members will not be invited to join the rest of the family on the balcony as part of the Queen’s celebrations.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not be attending the Royal balcony, after stepping away from their family in 2020.

    Only working members of the Royal family can attend for the Trooping of the Colour, the military parade celebrating the Queen’s momentous achievement.

    The Duke of York was stripped of his titles following the sexual abuse claims, and so neither will he be attending his relatives on 2 June.

  • The Sun

    Kate Middleton poses with British fashion designer Sean Nash

    Sean won “The Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design” at the London’s Design Museum, on May 4.

    He is considered fashion’s next great designer, and won the award for being an innovative stylist.

    His clothes label first launched in 2018, influenced by his background Guyanese family. Sean grew up in London and is also known as a choreographer.

    The awards were set up to celebrate and promote creative rising stars.

    Credit: AFP
  • The Sun

    Queen won’t attend any of the Buckingham Palace garden parties this year 

    THE Queen will not be attending any of the garden parties this year, Buckingham Palace has announced.

    No reason has yet been given as to why Her Majesty won’t greet guests at events in May and June, although she has recently had issues with her mobility.

    Four parties will take place in the coming weeks. The format of the events means that the Queen would have had to stand for more than an hour and move down the lines greeting visitors.

    A statement released this morning reads: “Her Majesty The Queen will be represented by other members of the Royal Family at this year’s Garden Parties, with details on attendance to be confirmed in due course. 

    “The Queen has given permission for the Not Forgotten Association Annual Garden Party to be hosted by the Princess Royal, as the charity’s patron, in the Buckingham Palace Garden on Thursday, May 12.”

    The Not Forgotten Association provides entertainment, leisure and recreation for the serving wounded, injured or sick and for ex-service men and women with disabilities.

  • The Sun

    Prince Harry reveals he will make major announcement TONIGHT

    PRINCE Harry spoke Māori as he teased a major announcement, with all set to be revealed tonight.

    The royal, who will return to the UK for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, is due to reveal details of the project in New Zealand during an exclusive interview.

    In a clip posted on Twitter, he said he’ll share more information later about his new “kaupapa” – the Māori word for work.

    Currently, no more is known about the prince’s announcement, although it has reportedly been inspired by Kaitiakitanga -“guardianship and protection”.

    Harry visited New Zealand in 2015, when he learned traditional dance the haka in just 20 minutes and recited a speech in Māori. 

    He returned with Meghan Markle in 2018, and the pair discussed moving there permanently more than a year before stepping back from the royal frontline.

  • Milica Cosic

    Thank you for reading my coverage this evening. My colleague, Louis Allwood will be back with you tomorrow morning.

  • The Sun

    Kate Middleton and Prince William ‘want to stop people from bowing to them’

    PRINCE William and Kate Middleton want to stop people bowing to them, sources claim. 

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are aiming to move away from stuffy royal traditions and rebrand the monarchy as more modern and approachable.

    They also want to scrap their titles and use their first names as part of their royal revolution, the Sunday Mirror reported.

    A source said: “They want to try to avoid the bows and curtsies in public, be more approachable, less formal, less stuffy, and break away with a lot of the tradition and focus on a modern monarchy.”

    It is claimed they want institutional change and to run things “the Cambridge way” after backlash to their Caribbean tour in March.

    The Duke and Duchess aim to “rip up the rulebook” and ditch old-fashioned methods to show they are royals who can change with the times.

  • The Sun

    Inside Queen’s spectacular Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend

    THE countdown has begun to the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

    Yesterday Buckingham Palace officials revealed more details of the Jubilee jamboree – and you will want to make a royal appointment.

    Mike Ridley shares the details of what you can look forward to during the momentous four-day bank holiday festivities next month.

    • Thursday June 2 – The historic four-day Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday begins at 10am sharp with the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony in London.
    • Friday June 3 – At 10.50am, Great Paul will toll at St Paul’s Cathedral in London to mark a service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign.
    • Saturday June 4 – Courtiers  are said to be “moving heaven and earth” for the Queen, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, to attend the Derby at 5.30pm at Epsom racecourse.
    • Sunday June 5 – From midday, more than 60,000 people will host Big Jubilee Lunches.
      Members of the Royal Family are expected to attend some of the thousands of community get-togethers taking place around the UK at lunchtime.

    Read the article in full here.

    Prince William has ‘fears’ over Sussexes Jubilee attendance

    PRINCE William fears Harry will use details of chats they have at the Platinum Jubilee on his Netflix shows.

    Sources say Wills is “wary” of his younger brother’s decision to attend the Queen’s 70th anniversary celebrations.

    He and Kate, 40, are said to be concerned that Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, could pull a “stunt” to try to steal the limelight during next month’s extravaganza.

    Wills was said to be deeply hurt after the Oprah Winfrey interview in which the Sussexes alleged racism against an unnamed royal and said Kate made Meghan cry.

    He has not seen Harry since last July’s unveiling of a statue of their mum, Princess Di.

    A source said: “William wants to talk to Harry to try to heal the rift between them but he’s fearful it will find its way on to Netflix, Oprah or into Harry’s upcoming book.”

    More on the Queen missing State Opening of Parliament

    Earlier we reported that the Queen is set to miss the State Opening of Parliament for the first time in 59 years tomorrow.

    A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Queen continues to experience episodic mobility problems, and in consultation with her doctors has reluctantly decided that she will not attend the State Opening of Parliament tomorrow.

    "At Her Majesty’s request, and with the agreement of the relevant authorities, The Prince of Wales will read The Queen’s speech on Her Majesty’s behalf, with The Duke of Cambridge also in attendance."

    Today's shock decision raises fresh fears over whether she will appear at her four-day Platinum Jubilee in less than four weeks' time.

    It is a fresh setback for the Queen ahead of her Platinum Jubilee in June.

    Queen will MISS State Opening of Parliament

    THE Queen is set to miss the State Opening of Parliament for the first time in 59 years tomorrow, The Sun can reveal.

    Her Majesty, 96, made the tough decision not to attend due to her difficulties walking, this afternoon.

    Prince Charles, 72, is set to stand in for his mother at Parliament, following a conversation between the Queen and her aides.

    Plans to drive the Queen 26 miles from her Windsor Castle home to Westminster, and use a lift to get into Parliament for the televised event, have now had to be scrapped.

    This is the first time in 59 years that the Queen has failed to attend the State Opening of Parliament.

    Could there be tensions as the Fab Four are reunited for the Queen's Jubilee?

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be returning to the UK for the Queen's Jubilee. But will the situation grow awkward as they are reunited with Wills and Kate?

    Harry and Meghan will be jetting back to the UK For the Queen's Platinum Jubilee however it is not confirmed what duties they might undertake while here.

    They will not be joining the rest of the senior Royals for the balcony service as the Trooping of the Colour passes by.

    Could this snub make an already tense situation between the brothers worse?

    • The Sun

      Will's and Kate's travel destinations before the Jubilee

      The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a very exciting few weeks ahead of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

      Two new trips have been announced, with Wills and Kate heading to Scotland and Wales before the Jubilee celebrations.

      They will visit the University of Glasgow in Scotland and Hearts Football Club in Edinburgh to hear about the 'Changing Room' programme, about how men help each other with their mental health.

      The trips will occur over the bank holiday weekend as the Royal's are sent touring the country to honour the Queen.

    • The Sun

      Prince William impressed with sustainable message TV shows are spreading

      The Duke of Cambridge shared at the BAFTAs that he was impressed TV writers are raising awareness of being eco friendly.

      Being eco friendly is very current thanks to TV bosses making it an important subject on British television.

      During Sunday’s Bafta award ceremony, the Duke said: “Now more than ever, programme makers have a unique opportunity to ensure climate change and sustainability remain at the forefront of our collective consciousness."

    • The Sun

      The Queen sends a message to mark the 77th Liberation Day for Guernsey and Jersey

      Queen Elizabeth II shared the message on Instagram to celebrate the occasion.

      Shared to the Royal family's Instagram stories, the message said: "As you remember the trails and hardship that the people of Jersey endured during the occupation in the Second World War, we are reminded of the courage and sacrifice of those who remained; those who were deported or evacuated from the Island; and those who served in the Armed Forces."

      The Islands welcome the Earl and Countess of Wessex as part of the Liberation Day celebrations, which is a bank holiday over in Jersey and Guernsey.

      View this post on Instagram

      A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)

    • The Sun

      The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Barbie doll selling for £200

      Officially the doll has sold out and it is unclear if there will be a restock for June.

      The Platinum Jubilee Barbie has sold out across all platforms, except for eBay, where you can bag a doll for £200.

      John Lewis stocked the doll for £94, but sold out swiftly.

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