It was a historic act of dignity. On Tuesday, Prince Charles (73) represented Queen Elizabeth II (96), who did not attend the event for the first time in 59 years, at the opening of Parliament in London. With the so-called “Queen’s Speech”, the Queen’s speech is traditionally used to read out the government declaration. However, the prince did not sit on his mother’s throne, her crown was solemnly placed on it. He took the Prince Consort’s chair, which is an inch lower. This respectful gesture brought the heir to the throne a lot of sympathy.
It was the first time he ever attended the appointment without the Queen, who stayed away on the advice of her doctors. She followed his performance on TV. So Charles made history that day. But the heart conquered Duchess Camilla (74). While her husband wore an admiral’s uniform, she appeared simple – in a dark blue dress and coat with white embroidery. She refrained from wearing a tiara, instead wearing a hat and an elegant pearl necklace. No trace of pomp.
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This is truly our future queen
For this reserved appearance, they praise the royal fans in abundance. The couple’s shared Instagram account, which has 1.5 million followers, features comments such as “The Duchess looks absolutely gorgeous,” “This is truly our Queen-to-be,” and “It’s amazing how Camilla is supporting her husband.”
Only Prince William (39), who was also there for the first time, received little praise. It was criticized that he seemed grumpy and not very charismatic.
Just one day after the opening of Parliament, another premiere followed for Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla: on Wednesday they invited to the traditional garden party at Buckingham Palace. Despite the rainy weather, the two made it clear that they are ready to represent the Queen, who was also absent from this event, after her era as a royal couple.
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