Queen Elizabeth II has reigned since 1952, and though the monarch is in her 90s, it doesn’t look like she’s ready to give up her place on the throne any time soon. With her son and successor, Prince Charles turning 70 this year, many people assumed that the queen would announce her retirement, but so far, Kensington Palace has been quiet. Though the queen’s husband, Prince Philip has officially retired from his royal duties, the queen has happily continued on. However, her son and grandchildren, Prince William, Prince Harry, and their spouses have taken on more responsibilities, including royal tours, more charity work and taking the queen’s place at various events and ceremonies.
So why hasn’t Queen Elizabeth officially abdicated the throne to Prince Charles? It seems like she has her reasons and one huge reason has to do with her great-granddaughter, Princess Charlotte.
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The golden age for royals
It might not seem like it now, but the British Royal Family haven’t always been popular. Though Princess Diana brought a freshness and an air of modernity to the often stuffy family in the ’80s and ’90s, her death and a slew of other scandals did not shine a favorable light on the Windsors. Now, with the introduction of Duchess Kate Middleton, Duchess Meghan Markle and the new generation of royals, we’re in what seems to be a golden age for the royal family. Apparently, Queen Elizabeth is loving it.
A royal insider told The Daily Mail, “Queen Elizabeth isn’t eager to give up her throne. I don’t think she’s going anywhere, anytime soon. I think the Queen sees what those boys and their wives bring.” After years of trying to keep her family in line while dealing with naysayers and cynics, we think the queen simply wants to ride this wave of triumph as she continues on in her golden years.
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Setting an example for Princess Charlotte
Currently, the royal line of succession is as follows, Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. In the past, Prince Louis would have skipped over his big sister, but the queen had that archaic and sexist rule changed before her great-granddaughter was born. The Perth Agreement erased the “male-preference cognatic primogeniture” which essentially means that male heirs could no longer skip over female heirs in the line of secession.
When the queen finally does turn over the throne, men will be on the throne for many years to come, so for now, she’s content to continue on, and set an example for Princess Charlotte who is surrounded by strong women including her mother, Duchess Meghan Markle, and cousins, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
Princess Charlotte on her first day of nursery school | Kensington Royal via Instagram
The tiny Princess already know what it means to be royal. As a source close to the royals told The Daily Mail, “Princess Charlotte, already at the age of 3, knows how to work a crowd. Maybe now through her grandchildren, [Queen Elizabeth] can see a way of just staying on the crest of that wave.”
Considering the queen’s active schedule and good health, we don’t see any reason for her to step away from the spotlight. After all, Queen Elizabeth II’s mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon lived until she was 101, so with those genetics, the queen has plenty of time on her hands.
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