The State Opening of Parliament has been deliberately designed with “reduced ceremonial elements”, as Downing Street has described it.
Since Prince Andrew's ouster, speculation has been mounting that Prince Charles is calling the shots for his mother, Queen Elizabeth.
The Prince of Wales was reportedly integral in younger brother Prince Andrew being stripped of his official royal duties.
It could soon be the end of an era, as new reports claim Queen Elizabeth II plans to retire within 18 months so her son, Prince Charles can assume the throne. Per the U.K.'s Express, Her Majesty is giving "considerable thought" to stepping down sooner rather than later — and definitely, a royal source says, […]