Queen Elizabeth II news: Will the Queen give the throne to Prince Charles NEXT YEAR?
THE QUEEN of the United Kingdom is the longest-reigning British monarch and at the age of 92 shows no signs of slowing down, but will the Queen ever abdicate and hand the reigns over to Prince Charles?
The Queen has remained dedicated to serving Britain and the Commonwealth for 66 years following the death of her father, George VI.
But now bookies have slashed the odds to just 2-1 that the Queen will step down from next year and hand over the reigns to her eldest son Prince Charles.
Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on the Queen abdicating during 2019 to 2-1 from 3-1 amids reports she may start to schedule back her duties.
Harry Aitkenhead, of Coral, said: “The Royal family is continuing to grow and with another great grandchild on the way now many are suggesting that the Queen might abdicate during 2019.”
The Queen has held the throne since the tender age of 25 and even before she was monarch revealed on her 21st birthday, she intended to spend her life in service to the country.
Still a Princess, Elizabeth poignantly said in a 1947 speech: “I declare before you that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service.”
She repeated the sentiment of dedicating her life to Britain in 1953.
“Throughout all my life and with all my heart, I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.”
The monarch could make the decision to cut down her duties without ever abdicating and hand over more responsibility to Prince Charles.
The Queen could make Prince Charles the Prince Regent, which means Charles would rule in his mother’s place without formally becoming King.
The first-in-line to the throne would hold all formality of the position, but if Her Majesty felt up to attending public events she still has the power to do so.
The Regency Act 1937 made way for a regent to step in should a monarch become incapacitated.
The act states “in the event of incapacity of the sovereign through illness, and for the performance of certain royal functions in the name and on behalf of the sovereign in certain other events.”
The act says this only last until the monarch is able to resume duties, so the Queen should make Charles Prince Regent an addendum for the new circumstances.
However a royal insider said the Queen would never step down from the throne unless a severe illness forced her to.
The source credits the monarch’s staunch loyalty to the country as a reason why she would never give-up the throne early.
The royal insider told The Sunday Times: “The Queen has always been so vehement that there will never be a regency unless she was sick to the point of being unable to perform her duties.
“As long as she’s healthy, regardless of her age, I don’t see a regency. Other members of the royal family can just do more.”
Despite this she has handed over more responsibility to the younger generations of the royal family and cut back on her royal duties.
Last year, the Queen’s husband Prince Philip retired from public duties and has been seen in public much, but the Queen continues to make hundreds of public appearances.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK