Queen Elizabeth’s job description has been rewritten.
A new version of the monarch’s “official duties” has been rewritten after her platinum jubilee, reducing the list of obligations she “must fulfil” and putting more emphasis on supporting the wider royal family.
According to the Sovereign Grant report – which is signed by private purse keeper Sir Michael Stevens – the Queen’s role still includes two key elements, head of state and head of the nation.
The ‘formal constitutional concept’ of Head of State previously included a list of 13 points of duties the Queen ‘must’ undertake, including the official opening of Parliament, paying and receiving state visits and the appointment of the Prime Minister.
However, the new version offers a looser definition, simply noting that the Queen’s role “encompasses a range of parliamentary and diplomatic functions” and noting only that she “receives” other visiting heads of state.
The symbolic role of leader of the nation is exercised “where appropriate or necessary” and focuses on one’s “unity and national identity” and inspiring “continuity and stability”, recognizing the “achievement and success” of others and ensuring volunteer “service support” to emergency services and the military.
The changes come amid ongoing mobility issues the 96-year-old Queen – who stopped visiting abroad in 2015 – has had in recent months, which has seen
The “queen’s program” of engagements has been swapped for a more general “visits to royal programs”.
The documents also note: “The Queen is greatly assisted by other members of the Royal Family who carry out official duties on behalf of Her Majesty.”
A royal source told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper that this was not a “drastic” change, but a small update.
A Palace source stressed on Saturday evening that this was not a “drastic” change, but a small update.
Earlier this year, Prince Charles and his son Prince William attended the official opening of Parliament on his behalf, with the Prince of Wales frequently undertaking overseas engagements on his behalf.