Some of the Queen’s duties have been removed – but insider changes are ‘not drastic’

Palace tasks Queen with light duties: number of ‘must-do’ events, including State Opening of Parliament, are quietly eliminated in the 96-year-old’s post-anniversary schedule update

  • The Queen’s duties have been reduced in Buckingham Palace’s annual review
  • Prince Charles, 73, is to take on more demanding tasks in her place
  • Palace source downplayed the importance of the chances as just a “minor update”.
  • The Queen’s role ‘now includes a range of parliamentary and diplomatic duties’

Buckingham Palace has reduced or eliminated some of the duties the 96-year-old Queen must ‘fulfil’ as monarch in her annual review, with insiders downplaying the importance of the changes.

The 73-year-old Prince of Wales is ready to take on some of the more demanding official duties while events like the State Opening of Parliament, once seen as a necessary constitutional convention, have been removed.

It is the first time in at least a decade that the palace’s annual report has edited or changed the Queen’s duties.

A Palace source downplayed the importance, saying it wasn’t a “drastic” change but rather a small update post the anniversary.

The new version of the Queen’s role and duties will place an emphasis on the support to be bestowed on the broader royal family, while moderating the specific duties the monarch is expected to fulfil.

Buckingham Palace has reduced and removed some of the duties the 96-year-old Queen “must perform” in her annual review as monarch, with Prince Charles expected to take on the more demanding events

The Queen has been seen frequently in public in recent weeks, belying her 96 years, but her mobility is an issue, sources say.  Here she takes part in the Queen's Body Guard for Scotland Reddendo Parade in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on June 30th

The Queen has been seen frequently in public in recent weeks, belying her 96 years, but her mobility is an issue, sources say. Here she takes part in the Queen’s Body Guard for Scotland Reddendo Parade in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on June 30th

Queen Elizabeth receives Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during an audience at the Palace of Holyroodhouse as part of her traditional trip to Scotland for Holyrood Week on June 29

Queen Elizabeth receives Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during an audience at the Palace of Holyroodhouse as part of her traditional trip to Scotland for Holyrood Week on June 29

The Queen attends an Armed Forces Act of Loyalty parade in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse on June 28, 2022 in Edinburgh.  A palace source downplayed the importance of the changes to the Momarch's royal duties, saying it was not a

The Queen attends an Armed Forces Act of Loyalty parade in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse on June 28, 2022 in Edinburgh. A palace source downplayed the importance of the changes to the Momarch’s royal duties, saying it was not a “drastic” change but rather a small update after the anniversary

According to the Sovereign Grant Report signed by Sir Michael Stevens, the Keeper of the Privy Purse, the Queen’s role still has two key elements: Head of State and Head of State.

The Queen “must” “fulfil” certain duties in the “formal constitutional concept” of her role as head of state.

These included opening state parliament, appointing the prime minister, and making and receiving state visits, previously listed in a 13-point list.

Those specific duties have been watered down with vague language, stating that the Queen’s role “encompasses a range of parliamentary and diplomatic duties” and that she only “receives” other visiting heads of state.

As head of the nation, the Queen will only carry out her duties “where appropriate or necessary”.

The specific duties were exchanged for a more general role to inspire “unity and national identity” and “continuity and stability”, to recognize the “achievement and success” of others, and to “support the service” of volunteers to the emergency services and to ensure military.

Of the six key events on the royal calendar previously listed, the State Opening was dropped and four of the other five were presided over by the Prince of Wales that year.

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