The Queen was this week absent from the State Opening of Parliament, leaving Prince Charles to stand in amid the traditional pomp and ceremony.
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The image of the Prince of Wales delivering a speech on behalf of his mother was a “striking visual moment in an ongoing transition of power”, The Washington Post said, and an opportunity for the public to “glimpse what he might be like as king”.
Prince Charles announced 38 new bills that the government intends to pass in the coming year, as Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party seek to reinvigorate their government following “Partygate” and a disappointing performance in the local elections.
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- Fears of a trade war between the UK and Europe grew after EU leaders warned against unilaterally changing the Northern Ireland Protocol.
- Boris Johnson set up a showdown with the civil service after ordering ministers to slash the size of Whitehall by up to 90,000 jobs.
- North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un plunged the country into a national lockdown after the country reported its “first” official outbreak of Covid-19.
- Palestinian-American Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed, allegedly by Israeli troops, while reporting in the West Bank.
- And Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for Western support to break a blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports.