The Queen's duties scaled back after health concerns

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The Queen's job description has been rewritten by Buckingham Palace to scale back the duties that she "must fulfil" following her recent mobility issues.

Her Majesty's "official" jobs were edited for the first time in at least a decade in the palace's annual Sovereign Grant report.

The Queen
The Queen's 'must-do' duties have been scaled back in the wake of her mobility issues, with Prince Charles taking on more responsibility. Photo: Getty

The Queen will no longer have to attend certain events such as the State Opening of Parliament, which was previously considered necessary by "constitutional convention", The Telegraph reports.

The new version of the Queen's job description puts more emphasis on supporting the wider royal family.

Her Majesty's role is still made up of two key elements: Head of State and Head of Nation. As Head of State, there are specific duties that she "must fulfil".

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These duties were previously laid out in a 13-point list that included the State Opening of Parliament, the appointment of the Prime Minister and paying and receiving state visits, however, the new version instead says the Queen's role "encompasses a range of parliamentary and diplomatic duties".

The Queen's symbolic role as Head of Nation where she is required to inspire "unity and national identity" while recognising the "achievement and success" of others, will now only be carried out "where appropriate or necessary".

The Queen and Prince Charles
This year, Prince Charles has led most of the six key events in the royal calendar. Photo: Getty

The new description also swaps the "Queen's programme" of engagements for a more general "visits in royal programmes". It also notes that she is "greatly assisted by other members of the royal family who undertake official duties on behalf of Her Majesty".

This year, Prince Charles has led most of the six key events in the royal calendar.

A source told The Telegraph that the change is not "drastic" but simply a small update.

It comes after the Queen has been forced to cut back the number of engagements she carries out after experiencing mobility problems.

While she was able to attend some events during the Platinum Jubilee weekend, Charles lead most of the traditional public events.

After the Jubilee celebrations, the Queen said: "While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family."

This week, Her Majesty has been busy visiting Scotland for Holyrood Week.

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