Charles and William want to ‘prove themselves’ as they step up due to Queen’s health

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PRINCE Charles and Prince William are “enjoying working really hard” as they take on more responsibility within The Firm due to the Queen’s old age.

The future kings Prince William and Prince Charles are keen to “stand by the Queen”, according to a royal expert. It was announced yesterday that the 95-year-old monarch would be cancelling her trip to Northern Ireland following the advice she had received from her doctors. In recent years, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge have increased their public profiles in order to support the Queen in her old age.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, royal expert Angela Levin said: “Well I think they can organise things in a slightly different way but they are enjoying working really hard and doing what they can.

“They want to prove themselves still, that they will stand by the Queen and stand by the country.”

Both Prince Charles and Prince William accompanied the Queen to a reception at Windsor Castle on Tuesday, where they met with international business leaders such as Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

The Queen’s eldest son also travelled with her to Cardiff and Edinburgh to help open the sixth sessions of their Parliaments.

William and Charles are stepping up

William and Charles are taking on more responsibility (Image: GETTY)

The Queen hosted a reception

The Queen hosted a reception with business leaders on Tuesday (Image: GETTY)

Since returning from her summer break in Balmoral, the Queen has conducted a number of high-profile engagements, which have included launching the baton relay for the Commonwealth Games, attending the Ascot Races and joining a congregation at Westminster Abbey.

She was due to travel to Northern Ireland yesterday afternoon to conduct a two-day tour in celebration of their 100th anniversary.

However, at 11am Buckingham Palace released a statement to say: “The Queen has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days.

“Her Majesty is in good spirits and is disappointed that she will no longer be able to visit Northern Ireland, where she had been due to undertake a series of engagements today and tomorrow.

“The Queen sends her warmest good wishes to the people of Northern Ireland, and looks forward to visiting in the future.”

It is understood that her illness is not Covid-related and she is currently resting at Windsor Castle.

In recent weeks, the Queen has also appeared with a walking stick, which she has not used since undergoing surgery on her knee in 2003.

It was made clear that she was using the stick as a source of “comfort” rather than medical necessity.

The Queen is due to embark on a busy few months, as she travels to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow next month, and prepares for a year of festivities to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.

She will be joined in Glasgow in November by her two heirs, Prince William and Prince Charles, as they are both renowned environmental campaigners.

Whilst Her Majesty is expected to greet world leaders and host a diplomatic reception, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge are both due to give speeches.

On Sunday evening, Prince William hosted his inaugural The Earthshot Prize awards ceremony at Alexandra Palace, where he awarded five winners with £1million each to progress with their innovative solutions in tackling climate change.

Meanwhile Prince Charles has introduced a film featuring six young climate activists discussing the impact of climate change ahead of COP26.

The film, titled ‘In Your Hands’ will be shown on Sky Kids, Sky News and Sky’s streaming platform NOW on 18 October.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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