The Queen makes first public appearance since Duke’s death
Queen Elizabeth II has made her first public appearance since the funeral of her husband
Prince Philip. On Tuesday, the reigning British monarch attended the State Opening
of Parliament in Westminster and was accompanied by her eldest son Prince Charles
and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
According to the outlet, the State Opening of Parliament is a significant moment
in the political and constitutional calendar as it sees the Sovereign, as head
of state, outline the main legislation that the serving U.K. Government,
currently led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wishes to introduce in the
The package of about 30 bills was unveiled by Elizabeth in the annual Queen’s Speech,
in which the monarch reads out the government’s legislative priorities at the ceremonial
start of the new parliamentary session.
“My government’s priority is to deliver a national recovery from the pandemic that
makes the United Kingdom stronger, healthier, and more prosperous than before,
” the queen said in the House of Lords.
The queen delivered the speech before a socially distanced audience, all of whom
needed to have a negative COVID-19 test to attend.