Prince Charles is likely to be given more responsibility in national affairs in an attempt to curb his growing interventions into sensitive and controversial issues, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

As a first symbolic step, the report said, the heir to the British throne might stand in for his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who will be 62 this month, and officially open the next annual session of Parliament this year.Buckingham Palace denied the Sunday Telegraph report.

"It is the queen's intention to carry out the state opening of Parliament whenever that may be," a palace spokesman said.

The spokesman declined comment on part of the report that said Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's government is seeking to give Charles, who will turn 40 this year, "more real responsibility for state affairs."