Prince Charles took on Philip’s mantle, accompanying the Queen to Parliament
Prince Charles will take on the mantle of his late father, accompanying the Queen at Parliament’s State Opening.
After Prince Philip’s death, he will be designated the official “consort” of the Queen and will join his mother for the ceremony on May 11.
The Sun reports that this is part of an effort to reduce pressure on the 95-year-old mourning queen, while the royal family “unites and supports her”. Charles, 72, must assume more important real functions.
Before the Duke of Edinburgh died at 99 earlier this month, Charles visited him at the hospital and the two talked about the future.
In a direct conversation, Prince Philip would have given Charles advice on how to care for the queen and lead the royal family.
This will not be the first time that the Prince of Wales has accompanied the Queen at the State Parliament Opening, but it is believed that he will have a bigger role this time.
Charles is next in line for the throne. A source in the House of Lords told The Sun: “It is a clear sign that the queen does not want the crown to skip a generation and that Prince Charles will begin to take on an even greater role in real life.”
A palace official told The Mirror that Prince William and Kate Middleton are also taking on more responsibilities, saying: “With the Duke and Duchess of Sussex out of the picture, and they will probably never return, one might think, this is yours Time.”
They added: “Without a doubt, we are in a period of change. Possibly it changed at the top with the Queen giving more responsibilities to the Prince of Wales and, of course, to William as well.
“It means that Kate will be even more ahead and in the center and what you’ve seen in the past two years is that she definitely has grown in confidence to do that.”
Philip’s funeral was held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle earlier this month, in accordance with Covid’s restrictions.
The Queen, dressed in black, was seen sitting alone in the chapel, facing her husband’s coffin.
In a message released to celebrate her 95th birthday on Wednesday, the Queen said: “While we are in a period of great sadness as a family, it was a comfort for all of us to see and hear the tributes paid to my husband from those in the United Kingdom, Community and around the world. “