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Queen’s Absence Casts Shadow on Johnson’s Government Reboot

  • Queen Elizabeth II to miss state opening of parliament Tuesday
  • Boris Johnson to set out agenda to get U.K. ‘back on track’
Queen Elizabeth II attends a military ceremony in June 2021.

Queen Elizabeth II attends a military ceremony in June 2021.

Photographer: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II will miss the state opening of Parliament for only the third time on Tuesday, casting a shadow over Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s attempt to reboot his flagging U.K. premiership.

The 96-year-old monarch is suffering “episodic mobility problems” and the Queen’s Speech laying out the government’s agenda for the next parliamentary session will now be delivered for the first time by her son and heir, Prince Charles, Buckingham Palace said late Monday in an emailed statement.