Queen moulding ‘the image of the monarchy’ with Prince Charles and Camilla

A royal commentator has dubbed Prince Charles and Camilla's appearance alongside the Queen on Thursday as "really significant".

Charles and Camila travelled to Cardiff to accompany the Queen as she opened the sixth term of the Senedd, following the election in May, The Express reports.

Royal expert Rebecca English said: "I think it's actually really significant, just as they were with her at the opening of the Scottish Parliament only a couple of weeks ago.

"I think this is all about presenting the image of the monarchy that we are going to see going forward, it's the Queen with her son and her heir by her side.

"He will obviously at one point in the future be stepping into her shoes and doing the job, and I think it's all about emphasising that closeness and continuity."

The 72-year-old Prince of Wales is the next current heir to the throne, followed by his eldest son Prince William.

Over the past few months, Prince Charles has been alongside the Queen to formal engagements, and has increased his workload in preparation to becoming king.

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He and Camilla travelled down to Cardiff on Thursday where they spoke to a group of schoolchildren who gathered outside.

The future king jokingly teased: "Have you been allowed off school for this? I do hope your teacher won’t be annoyed." had spent time living in Wales.

The Queen was seen with a walking stick for the first time in 17 years on Tuesday, sparking some concern over her health.

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The future king and Camilla are expected to be alongside the Queen again at the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November.

They will also be accompanied by Prince William and Kate.

Prince Charles and Prince William are expected to give speeches and meet other world leaders and global ambassadors.

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