PRINCE Charles is on standby to deliver the Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament amid health concerns.
According to reports contingency plans are being prepared by palace and government officials to accommodate her absence should health or mobility issues prevent her from attending.
A royal source told the Sunday Times: “The date is in Her Majesty’s diary, and she hopes to attend. The Queen remains fit and active, and it is amazing how much she still does.
“But her diary is being paced to reflect the realities of a woman of her age, and to ensure that she is able to continue to do as much as she can and would like to do.
“All events will now be scheduled so that if Her Majesty is unable to attend at short notice, another member of the royal family will still be present.”
The news comes as the Queen has pulled out of a number of key occasions in the last six months due to concerns surrounding her health.
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