Charles, the Prince of Wales, is the first member of royalty in the State Opening of Parliament Procession. He is the oldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and the second oldest heir apparent to the throne in England’s history. The Prince is waving from inside the Irish State Coach. The horse-drawn carriage was built by John Hutton & Sons in 1851. It was the favorite coach of Queen Victoria from 1861 until she died in 1901. It also transported Queen Elizabeth II for most of her reign. Since 2014, it has been reserved for the Prince of Wales.