Her Majesty The Queen is to miss this year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Sri Lanka for the first time since 1973, Sky News reports.
Her Majesty is expected to be replaced by the Prince of Wales at this year’s Commonwealth meeting, a clear sign that some of her responsibilities are being measuredly transferred to her heir. It is unknown whether this decision to not attend is for health reasons, giver Her Majesty’s recent bout of gastroenteritis, though as Her Majesty has been in her usual good health recently, it is unlikely that this move is to protect her health.
Every two years, the 53 heads of Government (would be 54, but one is suspended) in the Commonwealth countries meet to discuss issues affecting the countries. Her Majesty The Queen attended in 2011 when the meeting was held in Perth, Australia and it was at that meeting that it was decided that laws governing Royal succession would be changed to allow women equal rights of succession, whereas before women could only succeed if they had no brothers.
This became known as the ‘Perth agreement’ and led to the introduction of the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 which is now law, but not yet fully active until all the other Commonwealth realms implement similar legislation.
Her Majesty’s next engagement is today, where she will attend the rededication of the newly refurbished Temple Church Organ at Choral Evensong at Temple Church.
Her Majesty is also set to attend the State Opening of Parliament with the Prince of Wales tomorrow.
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I think this is a good idea. I don’t want to see the Queen abdicate (and I do NOT think she ever will; I think she takes her oath of duty VERY seriously) but I do think that it makes sense for her to cut back on her duties. She has worked so hard for so long. Charles & his siblings can step in for her & the younger royals can step in for them.
My hope is that Her Majesty feels a sense of comfort in knowing that the monarchy is stronger than ever & in good hands, thus, allowing her to lighten her load, rest & enjoy her family. xo Lulu http://www.facebook.com/LuluInThePalace
PS: I love your site! xo Lulu
HER MAJESTY IS A LOVELY AND INTELLIGENT LADY WHO HAS SERVED HER REALM WITH DIGNITY AND GRACE FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. ALLOW HER TO PASS OFF AS MANY OF HER ROYAL DURIES TO HER HEIR AS POSSIBLE. SHE HAS EARNED HER LAURELS !
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