Queen Elizabeth II shock: How Prince Charles could take the throne before Queen abdicates

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QUEEN ELIZABETH II is the longest-reigning monarch in British history, having been on the throne for more than 67 years. But her son, Prince Charles, could take over her reign before she abdicates, it’s been revealed.

Elizabeth II became the Queen in 1952, at the young age of 25. She is now 93 years old and still completing royal duties. In September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning British monarch, overtaking her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. The Queen is also the world’s oldest currently serving state leader, and will turn 94 on April 21, 2020.

The monarch has always been under the opinion she would not abdicate and that her role as Queen is a life-long commitment.

But an expert has now claimed Prince Charles might take over the throne before the Queen abdicates or passes away.

However, it would be in a way where the Queen stays on as monarch and simply give her first-born son more power.

Royal expert Moniek Bloks told the Royal Central podcast: “I think if anything happens, it’s more likely she’ll make Charles regent instead of completely abdicating.

“I think it’s very unlikely that she will abdicate.”

Another expert claimed this will happen in about two years time, when the Queen turns 95.

Royal author Phil Dampier told Yahoo’s The Royal Box: “There is talk that when she reaches 95 in a couple of years she may slow down and possibly the Regency Act will be brought in.

“She will still be Queen but Prince Charles will, in fact, take over most of the duties.

Queen Elizabeth II could give Prince Charles more power Image GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II could give Prince Charles more power Image GETTY

Queen Elizabeth II could give Prince Charles more power (Image: GETTY)

Prince Charles could become Prince regent an expert has claimed Image GETTY
Prince Charles could become Prince regent an expert has claimed Image GETTY

Prince Charles could become Prince regent, an expert has claimed (Image: GETTY)

“He is starting to do that already, being at the state opening in Parliament and the Commonwealth conference.

“He is starting to take over a lot of the duties and doing the investitures.”

Regent means a person is appointed to administer a state because the monarch is a minor or is absent or incapacitated.

That means Charles would function as Prince regent for Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth II could pass over her powers to son Prince Charles Image GETTY
Queen Elizabeth II could pass over her powers to son Prince Charles Image GETTY

Queen Elizabeth II could pass over her powers to son Prince Charles (Image: GETTY)

But he would not be King in its own form before the Queen abdicates or dies.

Prince Charles has already started to slowly fill in for his mother.

He has represented her on foreign trips including during her Diamond Jubilee year to Australia and New Zealand.

Making Charles Prince regent would be done by triggering the Regency Acts.

In order for the Regency Act to pass, Philip, along with the Lord Chancellor, the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Lord Chief Justice of England, and the Master of the Rolls must agree there is sufficient evidence to support the Queen’s request.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK