Why Kate Middleton and Prince William Didn't Attend King Charles' First State Opening of Parliament!
2023/11/09

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and  weren't by ' side for a first of his royal reign.

On Tuesday, King Charles and attended the State Opening of Parliament for the first time since his accession. The King wore the for the and read the King's Speech, which was written by the government and contained an outline of its proposed legislation for the new parliamentary session.

Aside from the King and Queen, Princess Anne took part in the event in .

However, the Prince and Princess of Wales didn't attend the historic event.

It's not required for the heir to the throne to attend the State Opening of Parliament, but King Charles accompanied his mother,

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, several times throughout her reign. He attended for the first time in 1970.

But Prince William had a significant event of his own on Tuesday: in Singapore. The Prince of Wales, 41, hit the green carpet alongside ,  and  as they honored the  coming up with answers to the planet's most pressing problems.

Although Princess Kate, 41, joined her husband at the  for the environmental prize in London in October 2021 and for the  in Boston in December 2022, she did not make the trip to Singapore. She stayed in the U.K. to support their son

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as he .

“Catherine is very sorry she can’t be here,” this week. "She is helping George through his first set of major exams.”

In May 2022, Prince William was present at the State Opening of Parliament for the first time. Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen, who died in September 2022 at age 96, would  For the first time,  and read the Queen's Speech.

Queen Elizabeth delegated her royal duty of opening a new session of Parliament to her son and grandson via a letter patent, which enabled them to jointly exercise that function. Both were acting as Counsellors of State, and two Counsellors of State are required to perform any of the monarch's constitutional duties.

Princess Kate has not yet attended the State Opening of Parliament.

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