Queen to miss opening of UK Parliament due to ‘mobility issues’

Buckingham Palace said Queen Elizabeth will not attend the opening of Parliament on Tuesday due to mobility issues.

“The Queen continues to experience episodic mobility issues and, in consultation with her doctors, has reluctantly decided that she will not attend the State Opening of Parliament tomorrow,” the palace said in a statement on Monday.

Prince Charles will read his speech, which sets out the government’s program for the next parliamentary session. Prince William will also be present.

The 96-year-old monarch has only attended a handful of public events in recent months, although she continues to hold virtual hearings regularly.