Prince Philip funeral: Queen 'slightly unstable' claims expertHer Majesty has recently suffered a great loss in her husband Prince Philip, who was
Prince Philip funeral: Queen ‘slightly unstable’ claims expert
Her Majesty has recently suffered a great loss in her husband Prince Philip, who was laid to rest in Windsor on Saturday. She is also reaching a new milestone tomorrow ‒ turning 95 years old. The Queen was giving serious thought of stepping down and handing over her reign to Charles when she turns 95, an insider claimed in 2019.
A former senior member of the Royal Household told royal correspondent Robert Jobson: “Her Majesty is mindful of her age and wants to make sure when the time comes, the transition of the Crown is seamless.
“I understand the Queen has given the matter considerable thought and believes that, if she is still alive at 95, she will seriously consider passing the reign to Charles.”
If the Queen intends to hand over the Crown to her son when she turns 95, her birthday tomorrow will be even more significant.
According to royal succession rules, the Queen cannot retire without abdication but she can stop all of her royal duties and responsibilities should her health become a concern.
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Queen Elizabeth II and her heir Prince Charles
The Queen in a black mask at Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday
In the event that the monarch is too sick or weak to carry out her duties, a regent would step in as a placeholder.
If this were the case, the Queen’s regent would likely be the heir to the throne, Prince Charles.
As first in line to the British throne, Charles would carry on with his mother’s responsibilities until she dies and he becomes King.
However, there is no indication that the Queen is struggling with her health, apart from usual aging.
Prince Charles walked behind his father’s coffin on Saturday
That said, she has been cutting back her duties and, especially with the death of her husband, it is expected that she will be increasingly supported in her duties by other senior royals.
The iconic picture last year of the eight senior royals showed a united New Firm consisting of the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
Many of these senior royals have been stepping up their duties in recent years and will be rallying around the Queen to help her in her hour of need.
In a recent survey by Deltapoll, 40 percent of the public believe the Queen should remain in her position until she dies.
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Meanwhile, a fifth believe she should abdicate in good health, while 27 percent believe she should abdicate if her health fails.
However, many believe the Queen would never consider abdicating her throne, because her dedication to her duty is too strong.
On her 21st birthday, she made an iconic speech in which she promised to serve the Commonwealth as long as she lived.
Then-Princess Elizabeth was in Cape Town during a royal tour with the King and Queen and Princess Margaret at the time.
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Her speech was broadcast live around the world on the radio and is said to have moved Winston Churchill to tears.
She said on April 21, 1947: “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”
The Queen once again promised to serve God and her people in her coronation oath in 1953.
The Queen and Charles’ Easter picture
She said: “The things which I have here before promised, I will perform and keep. So help me God.”
These two vows will mean a lot to the Queen, who has put duty before everything her entire life.
Her beloved husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, worked up until he was 96 years old, before retiring to Wood Farm in Norfolk.