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Prince Charles may give the Queen's speech at State Opening of Parliament on May 10 if Her Majesty isn't well enough to attend herself, a royal source has claimed.
Palace and government officials are said to have drawn up plans for the Prince of Wales to take on the role in the event health or mobility issues prevent his mother from addressing the government herself.
A royal source told the Sunday Times: "The date is in Her Majesty's diary, and she hopes to attend.
"The Queen remains fit and active, and it is amazing how much she still does. But her diary is being paced to reflect the realities of a woman of her age, and to ensure that she is able to continue to do as much as she can and would like to do.
"All events will now be scheduled so that if Her Majesty is unable to attend at short notice, another member of the Royal Family will still be present."
The monarch has missed a number of events this year including the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
However, she has only missed two state openings during her reign, which were back in 1959 and 1963, when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
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The news comes after reports that the 95-year-old Queen has been riding around her castle on a £62,000 deluxe golf cart – dubbed the 'Queen Mobile' – as she now suffers from stiffness in her legs, according to palace aides.
Her Majesty, 95, received a delivery of the gadget-packed buggy two weeks ago, and she has already been for a spin around Windsor Castle.
Sources say that just days after the 43mph electric buggy arrived, the Queen treated her pet corgis to a lift around her private grounds as aides sat the pooches next to her in the four-seat cart to ride around the grounds.
The Daily Star has contacted the Palace for a comment.
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