William attending State Opening of Parliament over Harry shows ‘gulf’ in family

The Queen has decided to pull out of attending the State Opening of Parliament today in a historic move that hasn't happened in 59 years.

Her Majesty has authorised the two next in line for the throne, Prince Charles and Prince William as Counsellors of State to replace her – with future King Charles even taking up the mantle of reading her speech.

Buckingham Palace claimed the Monarch's absence on "episodic mobility problems" and pulled out last minute on advice from the doctor.

But another noticeable absence is that of Prince Harry who currently resides in California with wife Meghan Markle, and two children Archie and Lilibet.

Royal fans have spoken out about the event without the ex-royal, who is also one of four Counsellors of State, with one fan claiming it showed "the gulf" between him and his brother William.

"The Duke of Cambridge at the State opening of Parliament really puts into perspective the gulf between he and his brother," said one royal fan.

To which another replied: "Harry chose to leave England. No one made him."

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A third stated: "One is free to do what he wants, the other needs to spend a boring day in the Parliament! Amazing difference indeed!"

Prince Charles, 73, has attended the State Opening many times but has never been tasked with taking the place of the sovereign.

The future King will make history today when he reads the Queen's Speech which is expected to set out the Government's agenda.

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The Queen's decision to allow him to take over from her for today is an unprecedented moment in modern history, which signals a firm shift in his responsibilities as a King-in-Waiting.

Despite taking over for the day, Charles will not be sitting in the Queen's throne as this will be kept empty.

The future King will instead be sitting alongside Camilla in the seats they usually occupy while accompanying the Queen.

Representatives for Prince Harry have been contacted for comment.

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