PLANS have been drawn up for Prince Charles to read the Queen’s speech at the State Opening of Parliament if ill health prevents her attending.
Aides have discussed Charles standing in for Her Majesty if she’s forced to miss the annual event on May 10.
He is taking on an increasing number of duties on behalf of the Queen.
Her Majesty has missed only two state openings — in 1959 and 1963 when she was pregnant with the future princes Andrew and Edward.
The Queen, 95, is to confirm her attendance at events on the day, with a family member on call to replace her.
It comes amid issues with her mobility and general health.