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Buckingham Palace puts Queen, 96, on light duties

Palace puts queen on light duties: Number of ‘must-do’ events, including the opening of parliament, have been quietly removed in 96-year-old’s post-jubilee schedule update

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Buckingham Palace has reduced or removed some of the duties the Queen, 96,

Buckingham Palace has reduced or removed some of the duties the Queen, 96, “must fulfill” as Monarch in her annual review, with insiders downplaying the importance of the changes. The Prince of Wales, 73, is ready to step up and take on some of the more demanding official duties, while events such as the State Opening of Parliament, once a necessary constitutional convention, have been scrapped.

It is the first time in at least a decade that the palace's annual report has edited or changed the Queen's duties.  A palace source downplayed the significance, saying it wasn't a

It is the first time in at least a decade that the palace’s annual report has edited or changed the Queen’s duties. A palace source downplayed the significance, saying it wasn’t a “drastic” change, just a minor update after the anniversary.

The new version of the Queen's role and duties will emphasize the support expected to be provided to the wider royal family, while moderating the specific duties the monarch is expected to perform.

The new version of the Queen’s role and duties will emphasize the support expected to be provided to the wider royal family, while moderating the specific duties the monarch is expected to perform.

According to the Sovereign Grant Report, signed by Sir Michael Stevens, the custodian of the Privy Purse, the Queen's role still consists of two main elements: head of state and head of nation.  The Queen 'must' 'perform' specific tasks in the 'formal constitutional concept' of her role as head of state.

According to the Sovereign Grant Report, signed by Sir Michael Stevens, the custodian of the Privy Purse, the Queen’s role still consists of two main elements: head of state and head of nation. The Queen ‘must’ ‘perform’ specific tasks in the ‘formal constitutional concept’ of her role as head of state.

These include the state opening of parliament, the appointment of the prime minister and the payment and receipt of state visits, which were previously laid down in a list of 13 items.

These include the state opening of parliament, the appointment of the prime minister and the payment and receipt of state visits, which were previously laid down in a list of 13 items.

These specific duties have been toned down with vaguer language saying that the Queen's role

These specific duties have been toned down with vaguer language saying that the Queen’s role “includes a range of parliamentary and diplomatic duties” and that she “hosts” only other visiting heads of state.

As Head of Nations, the Queen only fulfills her duties 'if necessary or appropriate'.

As Head of Nations, the Queen only fulfills her duties ‘if necessary or appropriate’.

The specific tasks have been replaced by a more general role of inspiring 'unity and national identity' and 'continuity and stability', recognizing the 'achievements and success' of others and providing 'support to the service' of volunteers to the emergency services and the army.

The specific tasks have been replaced by a more general role of inspiring ‘unity and national identity’ and ‘continuity and stability’, recognizing the ‘achievements and success’ of others and providing ‘support to the service’ of volunteers to the emergency services and the army.

Of the six major events of the royal calendar previously listed, the State Opening has been scrapped and four of the other five this year were led by the Prince of Wales.

Of the six major events of the royal calendar previously listed, the State Opening has been scrapped and four of the other five this year were led by the Prince of Wales.

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