Queen delegates opening of Parliament for 1st time

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LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has delegated one of her most important public duties to Prince Charles, underscoring the increasingly central role the heir to the crown is taking as his mother prepares to celebrate 70 years on the throne.

The ceremony, which includes the reading of the Queen’s Speech laying out the government’s legislative program, is considered an important symbol of the monarch’s constitutional role as head of state.

The queen’s decision to delegate her role to Charles Tuesday is likely to be seen by the public as confirmation that a transition is underway, with the 96-year-old monarch remaining on the throne but turning over more responsibilities to Charles.

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