Carlos replaced Elizabeth II for the first time at the opening of the British Parliament
Prince Charles, heir to the British crown, made history on Tuesday by replacing Queen Elizabeth II for the first time in the formal opening of Parliament, as he read out the government’s legislative programme, which includes measures against uncontrolled protests by environmental groups and the cost of living. plans
Because of her mobility issues, the 96-year-old had to cancel her attendance at this constitutional appointment, her first absence since 1963, when she was unable to attend Parliament because she was pregnant with her youngest son, Prince Edward.
In a clear sign of transition within the British monarchy, the 73-year-old Prince of Wales today has taken over as head of state, accompanied by his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and their eldest son, the Duke. From Cambridge, who is attending this concert for the first time.
The Government has prepared the legislative program to be read at this formal opening of Parliament in Westminster.
Party with Baha
Despite the absence of Elizabeth II, the event was held, with all the pomp that tradition commands, in the (higher) house of the lords, where there was no shortage of the imperial crown, placed on a red cushion, a symbol of the important relationship between the monarchy and Parliament.
On behalf of the Queen and from that chamber reserved for the gentry, Prince Charles complied with strict protocol by requiring an envoy to contact the House of Commons (Representatives of the House of Representatives) to hear his speech.
After walking down the aisle separating the two rooms in the Palace of Westminster, the envoy was criticized as soon as she reached the House of Commons, a traditional gesture and a symbol of the independence and democratic power of the House of Commons.
In front of the House of Commons, the envoy made three strong knocks on the door with a rod to notify MPs of the call from Prince Charles on behalf of the Head of State.
From that case, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the leader of the opposition, Labor Keir Starmer, marched together into the House of Lords, followed by the Ministers, the so-called “Shadow Cabinet” (Labour) and the rest of the MPs.
Once everyone in the Senate – the lords in colored robes – read the Prince of Wales, in uniform, in only ten minutes the outlines of the program of the Executive for the next Parliamentary term.
Government Legislative Initiatives
Johnson’s plan contains 38 pieces of legislation, including measures to reduce the cost of living due to rising inflation and energy prices, and to promote economic growth in order to reduce the economic and social disparities that exist between different regions of the country. .
The CEO hopes to introduce a legislative bill aimed at amending the Community’s laws that have remained in place after Britain’s exit from the European Union.
Among other things, the government will present a project by which it wants to stop the growing protests of some environmental groups, with penalties of up to 12 months in prison for interfering with airport or railway activity.
The measure is aimed at curbing the activity of organizations such as “Insulate Britain” and “Extinction Rebellion”, which in recent years have taken drastic measures, such as blocking highways, to draw attention to the climate crisis.
Some opposition parties, such as the Liberal Democrats, consider these plans “dangerous and cruel.”
Another piece of legislation is related to the media, through which the government hopes to give the green light for the privatization of Channel 4 television.
The government hopes to be able to implement these laws by having a majority in the House of Commons.