According to Hello magazine, Prince William is on his way to making history today, May 10, as he prepares to attend the State Opening of Parliament for the first time following the Queen’s choice not to attend.

The Duke of Cambridge, together with his father, Prince Charles, who is next in line to the British throne, will attend the ceremony on behalf of the 96-year-old monarch.

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will be present at the occasion as well. Kate Middleton, William’s wife, will not be present; instead, the Duchess of Cambridge will attend the opening of the Manchester Arena bombing memorial.

According to sources, Prince Charles will give a speech on behalf of the Queen, and Prince William will attend as a Counsellor of State — a member of the royal family who acts on the Queen’s behalf.

The Queen will skip the State Opening for the first time in 59 years; the last time she missed it was in 1963 when she was pregnant with her youngest child, Prince Edward.

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