Prince Charles will take on his late father’s mantle by accompanying the Queen to the State Opening of Parliament.
Following Prince Philip ’s death, he is to be designated the Queen’s official “consort” and will join his mother for the ceremony on May 11.
The Sun reports it is part of a drive to reduce the strain on the bereaved, 95-year-old Queen as the Royal Family “rally round and support her”. Charles, 72, is set to take on more major royal duties.
Before The Duke of Edinburgh died aged 99 earlier this month, Charles visited him in hospital and the pair talked about the future.
In a bedside heart-to-heart, Prince Philip is said to have given Charles advice on how to look after the Queen and lead the royal family.
This will not be the first time The Prince of Wales has accompanied the Queen to the State Opening of Parliament, but it is believed he will take on a bigger role this time.
Charles is next in line for the throne. A House of Lords source told The Sun: “It is a clear signal that the Queen does not want the crown to skip a generation and that Prince Charles will start taking on an even bigger role in royal life.”
A palace staffer told The Mirror that Prince William and Kate Middleton are also likely to be taking on more responsibility, saying: “With the Duke and Duchess of Sussex out of the picture, and never likely to return, one would think, this is their time.”
They added: “Without a doubt we are in a period of change. Arguably change at the top with the Queen handing over more responsibilities to the Prince of Wales and, of course, William as well.
“It means Kate will be even more front and centre and what you’ve seen over the past year or two is that she definitely has grown in confidence in order to do that.”
Philip’s funeral was held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, earlier this month in line with Covid restrictions.
The Queen, dressed in black, was seen sitting alone in the chapel while facing her husband’s coffin.
In a message released to mark her 95th birthday on Wednesday, the Queen said: “While as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to us all to see and to hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world.”