Queen holds virtual Privy Council meeting today but will miss her weekly audience with Boris Johnson

Queen holds virtual Privy Council meeting today but will miss her weekly audience with Boris Johnson because the PM asked to reschedule, Palace says

The Queen held a Privy Council virtually on Wednesday, but will not have her weekly audience with the Prime Minister because Boris Johnson asked to reschedule, Buckingham Palace said.

A Palace spokesman said there would be no phone call with the PM because he was abroad.

On Tuesday, the Prince of Wales read the Queen’s Speech for the first time as the monarch missed the State Opening of Parliament for the first time in almost 60 years. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking today during a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson in Harpsund, Sweden

The Queen held a Privy Council virtually today. Pictured in April while receiving the President of Switzerland Ignazio Cassis and his wife Paola Cassis during an audience at Windsor Castle

The Queen held a Privy Council virtually today. Pictured in April while receiving the President of Switzerland Ignazio Cassis and his wife Paola Cassis during an audience at Windsor Castle

The Queen, 96, pulled out of the ceremonial occasion – when she spells out the Government’s legislative programme for the forthcoming parliamentary session – as she continued to experience ‘episodic mobility problems’.

In the Queen’s absence, Charles took on the head of state’s major constitutional duty, in a move which will be interpreted as a significant shift in his responsibilities as a king-in-waiting.

The Duke of Cambridge, also a future monarch, attended the State Opening, the first time he has done so, with the royal function of opening a new parliament delegated to both Charles and William by the Queen.

The monarch is understood to have watched proceedings on television.

The Prince of Wales read the Queen's Speech for the first time as the monarch missed the State Opening of Parliament for the first time in almost 60 years

The Prince of Wales read the Queen’s Speech for the first time as the monarch missed the State Opening of Parliament for the first time in almost 60 years

Prince Charles has previously accompanied the Queen (pictured together in 2019) but she did not attend for the first time in six decades as she is suffering 'mobility issues'

Prince Charles has previously accompanied the Queen (pictured together in 2019) but she did not attend for the first time in six decades as she is suffering ‘mobility issues’

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