Queen ElizabethDue to mobility issues, he was unable attend the annual State Opening of Parliament. So the heir to throne, Prince CharlesHe filled in for his mother. Charles’ wife Camilla Parker BowlesSon Prince William accompanied him, but William’s wife Kate MiddletonThe Duchess of Cambridge was not to be found. Instead, the Duchess of Cambridge was at a somber event far away.
William, Prince Charles and William are the Perfect Fit for Queen
Just one day before her scheduled opening of Parliament, Queen Elizabeth made a statement via Buckingham Palace. “The Queen continues to experience episodic mobility problems, and in consultation with her doctors has reluctantly decided that she will not attend the State Opening of Parliament tomorrow.”
“At Her Majesty’s request, and with the agreement of the relevant authorities,” the statement continued,” The Prince of Wales will read The Queen’s Speech on Her Majesty’s behalf, with The Duke of Cambridge also in attendance.” In other words, she authorized her two heirs Princes Charles and William to jointly exercise the function, with Charles reading the speech the queen would have made if she were able to attend.
Where was Kate Middleton?
This was the first time the Duke of Cambridge attended the event, but surprisingly he wasn’t accompanied by his wife as his father was. Kate Middleton couldn’t attend the state event as she had another, more serious, opening.
Middleton was just a few miles from Manchester, where five year ago a bomb had been detonated at an Ariana Grande concert. Over 1,000 people were also injured in the terrorist attack, with 22 of them being innocent victims. The attack’s perpetrator also died. Middleton went to Manchester to see the Manchester Arena bombing tribute. Middleton visited grieving families at a private function and was later joined in by Prince William.
A beautiful memorial for a dark day
The Glade Of Light Memorial is what the memorial is called. Although it was officially opened in this week, the memorial opened to the public in January. William and Middleton took the time to remember the victims and lay flowers at the memorial. The duchess was seen wiping away what looked like a tear. William was also deeply moved by the garden memorial and the young lives it honored.
The Manchester bombing was a heartbreaking event, so it’s unsurprising to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge get emotional in the face of so many lost lives, especially with so many of the victims being minors who simply wanted to enjoy a concert. We offer our deepest condolences to the families who were affected by this tragedy.