Prince Charles takes appointments: Queen has to step down for health reasons

Queen Elizabeth II complains more and more often about health problems.

Prince Charles takes appointments: Queen has to step down for health reasons

Queen Elizabeth II complains more and more often about health problems. The palace therefore no longer obliges the monarch to perform certain tasks – Prince Charles will now take over many appointments. However, criticism of the heir to the throne is becoming increasingly louder.

Because of her health problems, Queen Elizabeth II no longer has to perform many official duties. The palace has reformulated the role of the queen, the Telegraph newspaper reported, citing the latest financial report. Some previous mandatory dates, such as the ceremonial opening of Parliament, have been canceled. The Queen was represented this year by her son and heir to the throne, Prince Charles.

The 96-year-old has repeatedly had mobility problems and has therefore repeatedly canceled appointments in recent months. The new version therefore offers a looser definition and no longer obliges the queen to perform certain tasks. More generally, the Queen's role "encompasses a range of parliamentary and diplomatic duties." The monarch is described as an inspiration for "unified and national identity" and "continuity and stability".

There is also a change to royal visits. The "Queen's Program" has been swapped out for a more general "Royal Program Visits". "The Queen will be assisted by other members of the Royal Family who are performing official duties on Her Majesty's behalf," it said. Especially her eldest son Prince Charles should now be even more in focus.

However, the 73-year-old has recently come under criticism. First it became known that Charles had accepted millions in cash donations from Qatar for one of his foundations. That was not forbidden, but the judgment of the heir to the throne was criticized. Now the newspaper "Sunday Times" reported that Charles gave a controversial entrepreneur a royal honor after he helped him with donations running into the millions. Royals expert Peter Hunt criticized: "The silence of politics is deafening. The de facto king is beyond doubt - his judgment is not questioned."

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