THE Queen will not be attending the Gold Coast for next year’s Commonwealth Games, it has been confirmed.
Buckingham Palace released a statement a short time ago, confirming that Prince Charles will instead represent Her Majesty and officially open the games.
“Her Majesty The Queen has asked HRH The Prince of Wales to represent her at the opening of the XXI Commonwealth Games in Australia,” the statement read.
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“As Her Majesty’s representative, His Royal Highness will open the Games and read out The Queen’s customary message, calling on athletes to come together in the spirit of friendly competition.”
It’s not the first time the Prince of Wales has represented the Queen at the Games – the Prince opened the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Dheli.
It’ll be the seventh time His Royal Highness has attended the Games.
Additionally, the Palace confirmed His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex will also attend the Games in his capacity as Vice Patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation.
The Games will take place on the Gold Coast from 4th-15th April next year, with athletes from 70 nations taking part.