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.
The Sun can reveal that Her Majesty, 96, made the tough decision not to attend due to her difficulties walking, sparking fresh health fears.
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...
38 new bills expected today
There are an expected 38 bills expected to be read out by Prince Charles today.
The speech, written by the government, will be read out by Prince Charles after the Queen was forced to pull out due to health concerns.
The proposed laws will be unveiled as the Tories eye the next Election — due before the end of 2024.
A new Public Order Bill will be read out which will help police curb disruptive eco-protesters who stick themselves to roads and buildings.
Ceremonial search begins
Before the Sovereign's arrival at parliament, the Yeomen of the Guard, the royal bodyguards, ceremonially search the cellars of the Palace of Westminster for explosives.
This commemorates Guy Fawkes's ‘gunpowder plot' of 1605 – a failed attempt by English Catholics to blow up the Protestant King James I and Parliament.
Who will open Parliament on Tuesday, May 10?
In 2022, Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen would not be attending the ceremony and the reading of the Queen's speech.
Prince Charles will deliver the speech for her on Tuesday 10, March, 2022.
The Queen has mobility problems and has been forced to sit out a number of recent events.
According to the palace, she had been hoping to attend, but not due to "episodic mobility problems".
In consultation with her doctors, the 96-year-old decided reluctantly not to be present.
How can I watch the State Opening of Parliament?
Coverage of the ceremony on BBC News will start at 10.30am, and continue until 12.15pm.
You can also watch it via BBC iPlayer.
It will be shown again on BBC One at 2.20pm.
Sky News will also be covering the Opening, available free on their YouTube channel, as is Parliament TV.
You'll be able to find photos and updates during the ceremony on the House of Lords, House of Commons and UK Parliament social accounts.
What happens at the State Opening of Parliament?
The State Opening is a constitutional ceremony in which the government's agenda for the 2022-23 session is set out.
Proposed policies and legislation are outlined in the speech, which is written by the Government.
Before hand the Queen traditionally travels from the Palace to Parliament in a procession, arriving at the Sovereign's Entrance.
There is then a Royal Procession to the House of Lords chamber, with symbols of her power and authority carried in front of her.
Normally, the Queen then sits in the Throne in the House of Lords and instructs the Lord Great Chamberlain to signal the Black Rod to summon MPs from the other house.
They then enter to listen to her read the speech.
Following the speech, a parliamentary session begins, and members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords debate the content of the speech.
In the Commons, members debate the legislative programme for several days and it's then voted on.
The Lords do so over five days, and then bills are introduced.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you for reading my coverage this evening. My colleague, Louis Allwood will be back with you tomorrow morning.
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.
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.
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.
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.