The Queen's Official Job Description Has Been Rewritten for the First Time in Over 10 Years

Queen Elizabeth is 96 and still going strong fulfilling all her duties as Queen of England and whatnot—but her official job description was just changed for the first time in over a decade.

According to The Telegraph, Her Majesty’s role was rewritten by Buckingham Palace in the palace’s annual report, and they removed several duties that she “must fulfill” as monarch. Apparently these duties used to consist of a 13 point list (examples included: “paying and receiving state visits” and the “appointment of the Prime Minister”), but now the report simply notes that her role “encompasses a range of parliamentary and diplomatic duties.” Specifically, instead of going on state visits, she now just “receives” other heads of state.

The Telegraph also notes that the “Queen’s programme” of engagements has been generalized to “visits in royal programmes,” since “The Queen is greatly assisted by other members of the Royal family who undertake official duties on behalf of Her Majesty.”

These changes come amid the Queen’s mobility issues, and as Prince Charles is taking on more of her responsibilities. That said Her Majesty has been seen out and about recently—though a source told Us Weekly ahead of the Jubilee that “The Queen has been advised by her loved ones and trusted advisors to go a lot easier on herself, even if it means missing more functions than she would like. Her attendance at these events is being handled on a case-by-case basis, so if she isn’t 100 percent on any given day that she’s due to be somewhere in person then she turns the duties over to someone else, be that Prince Charles or another serving senior royal who’s available to handle matters in her stead.”

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