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King Charles carries out his most important constitutional duty for the first time

King Charles III has carried out one of his most important constitutional duties for the first time.

The King must give permission for the Prime Minister to dissolve parliament.

Rishi Sunak made the request on May 22nd 2024 as he decided to call a General Election.

And, for the first time in his reign, Charles III assented to the dissolution of parliament.

No photographs of this historic meeting have so far been released.

It’s understood that King Charles was hosting a reception for the Prince’s Trust ahead of this important audience.

After meeting some of the Trust’s most famous supporters, including Declan Donnelly, The King attended a private audience with Rishi Sunak.

The Monarch and the Prime Minister met for around a quarter of an hour during which time Mr Sunak asked for parliament to be dissolved so that a general election can take place.

His Majesty gave his assent and the poll takes place on July 4th.

In the hours after the announcement, Buckingham Palace confirmed that changes may occur in the royal diary as a result.

In a statement, the Palace said ‘’ “Following the Prime Minister’s statement this afternoon calling a General Election, The Royal Family will – in accordance with normal procedure – postpone engagements that may appear to divert attention or distract from the election campaign.” Their Majesties send their sincere apologies to any of those who may be affected as a result.”

The State Visit by the Emperor and Empress of Japan is now in question as high level political involvement would be required for the event.

However, it is understood that the Royal Family will still attend commemorations for the 80th anniversary of D Day.

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