November 7, 2023 is a special day for King Charles III. (74). He will officially open the British Parliament with a speech for the first time – just as his mother, Queen Elizabeth II (†96), has done year after year for decades. The King traditionally marks the official start of the parliamentary year. Before his speech to Parliament, the King will go in a procession through London. He is said to be next to his wife, Queen Camilla (76 years old).Mirror“His younger sister, Princess Anne (73), will also accompany him – and she will play a very special role.
Princess Anne is Charles’ “most trusted lieutenant.”
As the British newspaper learned from informed circles, Anne will play the role of “the golden rod in waiting” in the procession. This was now a purely official but prestigious task that traditionally fell to the person charged with the king’s security – the king’s bodyguard, so to speak. Anne actually played this role at Charles’ coronation in May. The source explained, “This is a wonderful addition by the King and strengthens the role of the Princess Royal as his most trusted lieutenant.”
Princess Anne: First opening of Parliament in decades
During the procession, Charles and Camilla are said to travel to Westminster in the Diamond Jubilee State carriage, which took them to the coronation in May. So Anne must ride behind them in a carriage. She is supposed to accompany her brother not only through the streets of London, but also to the so-called “House of Lords.”
The 73-year-old Queen had been there several times in her youth when her mother the Queen opened Parliament, but when she actually accompanies King Charles, it will be Anne’s first time since 1985.
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