The Queen’s pride for Prince Charles as he conquers ‘undeniable nerves’ for historic moment’

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales seated next to the Queen's Imperial State Crown in the House of Lords Chamber, during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster on May 10, 2022 in London, England.
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The Queen is reportedly ‘very proud’ of her son Prince Charles as he attended the State Opening of Parliament for the first time without her.

  • Prince Charles was also accompanied by Camilla and his eldest son, Prince William, for whom it was the first time attending the event.
  • The gravity of the moment seemed to weigh on Charles, who reportedly showed ‘undeniable nerves’ as he led the event for the first time without his mother, the Queen.
  • This royal news (opens in new tab) comes after Prince Harry referenced his baby daughter Lilibet in the sweetest way (opens in new tab).

The Queen was ‘very proud’ of Prince Charles despite his ‘nerves’ as he stepped in for his mother and attended the State Opening of Parliament for the first time without her.

This historic moment saw Charles deliver the traditional speech, accompanied by his son, Prince William and wife Camilla, who will one day act as Queen Consort (opens in new tab) when he becomes King.

Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (2nd R) reads the Queen's Speech as he sits by the Imperial State Crown (2nd L), Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) in the House of Lords chamber, during the State Opening of Parliament, at the Houses of Parliament, in London, on May 10, 2022

A senior source told the Sun (opens in new tab), “The Queen was very proud to see her son and grandson step in.”

Her Majesty was sadly unable to attend for the first time in 60 years (opens in new tab) due to ‘episodic mobility issues (opens in new tab)’. This latest health update comes just after the Palace announced she would not be attending any scheduled garden parties this year (opens in new tab).

Despite the Queen’s pride in Prince Charles' handling of the State Opening, the duty was a source of anxiety for him. In fact, a body language expert claims he was displaying ‘undeniable signs of nerves’ as he sat on the throne.

Body language expert Judi James told the Mirror (opens in new tab) that he seemed ‘pre-occupied’ but despite his initial desire to seem ‘in control’ the Queen’s absence was felt - especially by him.

She added that upon entering the throne room "he became more sombre and there were some undeniable signs of nerves as he took the walk".

Judi continued, “Even with the Queen’s throne removed the gap left looked poignant and as Charles lowered himself onto what is called the Consort Throne,

“Charles appeared preoccupied with the crown that sat in front of him, gazing at it for several moments before he was given the speech to read.”

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales reads the Queen's speech next to her Imperial State Crown in the House of Lords Chamber, during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster on May 10, 2022 in London, England.

Adding that the real nerves came during his speech, “Charles’s levels of nervousness became more obvious as his hands shook while he held and read the notes of the Queen’s speech, making the pages flap as he held and turned them.”

This was no doubt a daunting moment for Charles who is reportedly ‘terrified’ of becoming King (opens in new tab) as this will inevitably mean the death of his beloved mother, who has been a great source of concern of late, due to her ongoing health struggles.