The Prince of Wales has made history in opening the new session of Parliament alongside the Duke of Cambridge, offering a glimpse of his future role as head of state.
The Queen missed the event for the first time in almost 60 years following advice from Royal doctors relating to mobility issues.
In Her Majesty’s absence, the heir to the throne and his son provided a sense of continuity amid the pomp and ceremony, with the Queen’s Speech being read by Prince Charles a highly symbolic occasion.
In Pictures: State Opening of Parliament.
The ceremony featured fewer troops than previous years, but still maintained its military grandeur.