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Queen health update: Monarch holds meeting virtually but Boris Johnson call rescheduled

NewsQueen health update: Monarch holds meeting virtually but Boris Johnson call rescheduled


Mr Johnson asked to reschedule the call as he is abroad. The Prime Minister is currently on a 24-hour visit to Sweden and Finland, where he is discussing military support for the nations. The virtual engagement comes after the Queen was forced to cancel her appearance at the State Opening of Parliament yesterday as a result of health issues.

Prince Charles delivered the Queen’s Speech on her behalf.

He was accompanied by Prince William, who attended the event for the first time.

Until the day before the event, Buckingham Palace had repeatedly said the Queen still “hoped” to attend.

The 96-year-old monarch has only missed the event twice before.

The palace announced that she had “reluctantly” taken the decision to pull out of the event.

Her spokesperson said she is continuing to suffer from “episodic mobility problems”.

They 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.”

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