Queen's Speech 2022: Why isn't the Queen attending the ceremony?

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Watch: The Queen set to miss state opening of parliament

The government is preparing for the state opening of parliament and the Queen's Speech.

The event will offer Boris Johnson the chance to reset his premiership after last week's local elections, which saw the Tories lose nearly 500 council seats.

The Queen will miss the occasion for the first time since 1963, with Prince Charles set to deliver the annual speech on her behalf.

Here are the key details about the ceremony.

What time is the Queen's Speech and how can I watch it?

The state opening of parliament is due to take place at around 11.30am on Tuesday.

The event, which will be streamed on Parliament Live TV, will see the government outline its key policies for the 2022-23 session of parliament.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waits to read the Queen's Speech on the The Sovereign's Throne in the House of Lords chamber,, during the State Opening of Parliament at the Houses of Parliament in London on May 11, 2021, which is taking place with a reduced capacity due to Covid-19 restrictions. - The State Opening of Parliament is where Queen Elizabeth II performs her ceremonial duty of informing parliament about the government's agenda for the coming year in a Queen's Speech. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Queen will not attend the state opening of parliament. (AFP via Getty Images)

Why is Prince Charles giving the Queen's Speech?

Prince Charles and Prince William will open parliament in an unprecedented move which will see Charles read the Queen's Speech.

The Queen, 96, reluctantly pulled out of the ceremony – nearly 60 years after she last missed it – following advice from her royal doctors.

The monarch, who has mobility issues, has faced a number of concerns over her health in recent weeks and months.

She has pulled out of several public events – including Buckingham Palace's garden parties – but has been carrying out virtual engagements.

The move will be interpreted as a significant shift in Charles' responsibilities as a future monarch.

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Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall will also accompany Charles, but the Queen's main throne will remain empty in the House of Lords.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "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."

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall seated by Queen Elizabeth II as she delivers a speech from the throne in House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in London as she outlines the government's legislative programme for the coming session during the State Opening of Parliament. Picture date: Tuesday May 11, 2021.
The Queen was accompanied by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during last year's state opening of parliament. (PA)

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

The ceremony will take place just weeks before the Platinum Jubilee celebrations to mark the Queen's 70 years on the throne.

What new laws will be announced?

The Queen's Speech is set to focus on the economy and the cost of living crisis, as soaring inflation continues to hit households.

It is also expected to include a 'Brexit Freedoms Bill' to make it easier to remove legacy EU laws, and a Bill of Rights to replace the Human Rights Act.

It comes after the prime minister pledged to deliver a "super seven" of Brexit bills to cut red tape and "unnecessary barriers inherited from the EU".

Johnson told the Sunday Express that the new laws would "deliver on the promise of Brexit" and help Britain "thrive as a modern, dynamic and independent country".

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He is also expected to announce plans to revive struggling town centres and rid high streets of "derelict shopfronts".

But he has reportedly dropped proposals to ban the import of fur and foie gras, a move likely to spark anger from animal rights activists.

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The PM is expected to go ahead with a ban on the trade in hunting trophies.

A No 10 spokesman said: "The Queen's Speech will set out the government's agenda for the next session and its plans to grow our economy, cut the cost of living, make our streets safer and clear the COVID backlogs.

"The Queen's Speech will provide the leadership needed in challenging times to level up opportunities and employment in all parts of the United Kingdom."

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