For the first time in a decade, Buckingham Palace reduces the duties of Elizabeth II

Prince Philip told the Egyptian ambassador that Egypt is not Arab in the presence of Queen Elizabeth.


Buckingham Palace has reduced or removed some of the tasks that Queen Elizabeth II "must", by virtue of her position, "fulfill" in her annual review, with insiders downplaying the significance of the changes.

Charles, Prince of Wales, 73, is preparing to take on some of the most demanding official duties, while events such as the state opening of Parliament, once thought of as a necessary constitutional conference, have been cancelled.

This is the first time in at least a decade that the palace's annual report amends or amends the duties of the 96-year-old queen, while a palace source downplayed the importance of this step as not a "radical" change, but rather a small update after the jubilee.

The new version of the Queen's role and duties will focus on the support expected to be provided to the broader royal family, while adjusting the specific duties the monarch is expected to perform.

According to the Sovereign Grant Report, signed by Sir Michael Stephens, the custodian of the private purse, the Queen's role continues to consist of two main components: head of state and leader of state, as the Queen must "fulfill" specific duties in the "formal constitutional concept" of her role as head of state. So the formal opening of Parliament, the appointment of the Prime Minister, the payment and reception of state visits, previously laid out in a 13-point list.

These specific duties have been watered down with more ambiguous language saying that the Queen's role "includes a range of parliamentary and diplomatic duties" and that she "receives" only other heads of state visiting states, and that, as head of state, the Queen will only perform her duties "when required or necessary".

Specific duties were shifted to a more general role such as instilling the spirit of "unity and national identity" and "continuity and stability", recognizing the "achievement and success" of others and ensuring "service support" from volunteers to emergency services and the military.

Of the six major events included in the aforementioned royal calendar, the official inauguration has been removed, with the Prince of Wales taking command of four of the other five this year.

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