As the Queen mourns the loss of her husband of 75 years, some commentators are speculating that she will abdicate the thrown.
It has been reported that the monarch told her inner circle that she would grant her eldest son, Prince Charles, full power to reign when she turns 95. With the Queen’s 95th birthday on 21st April 2021, abdication could be a matter of days away.
The Queen’s choice to step down would trigger the Regency Act, which would give Prince Charles the title of “Prince Regent.” This title would allow the Prince of Wales to rule as “King in all but name” while the monarch still lives.
In order for the Act to be triggered, however, a group of nominated officials must declare that the Queen is incapable of making decisions independently. It is therefore likely that the Prince of Wales would assume the Queen’s royal duties, while retaining his current title.
Despite these rumours, the Queen has long maintained that she plans to serve for the full duration of her life. At 21 years old, Queen Elizabeth pledged that her whole life would be devoted to the service of the Commonwealth, “whether it be long or short.”
As the oldest serving state leader in the world, Queen Elizabeth II has undoubtedly proven her commitment to that promise.
Although it doesn’t seem that the Queen will invoke the Regency Act, her advancing age, coupled with the crippling loss of her partner, could soon mark the end of a reign that will be remembered for centuries.
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