Queen may step aside: ‘Prince Charles to be Regent as royal offloads duties to William’

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THE Queen will “sooner or later” make Prince Charles the official Regent as the pair continue to offload an increasing number of duties onto Prince William, according to expert Luisa Ciuni.

Speaking to Tv2000, Ms Ciuni said: “The Queen, given her age, can continue to do this job mainly because she has a very strong family staff.

“Part of her office work is now done by Prince Charles, to whom the regency will go sooner or later.

“The role of Prince Charles has shifted to his son, William, and his wife. But she does everything else.

“This…allows her to continue doing everything she does morning, afternoon and evening.”

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The Queen could pass on the regency to Prince Charles “sooner or later”, Ciuni claimed (Image: GETTY)

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The Queen signalled she would not abdicate but could trigger the Regency Acts (Image: GETTY)

Ms Ciuni added: “Certainly replacing her will be very difficult, replacing her in the hearts of the people will be impossible.”

As a Regent, the Prince of Wales would assume the majority of the Queen’s duties but would still have to wait for Her Majesty’s death to be crowned king in his own right.

The UK was last placed under a regency during one of George III’s last bouts of illness, forcing his eldest son George Augustus took over between 1811 and 1820.

The current rules regulating the role of a Regent were set out in the 1937 Regency Acts, which would enable the Queen to pass on the majority of her roles to an appointed member of the Royal Family.

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Prince Charles and Prince William have taken on an increasing number of roles over the past few years (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Charles would take on the majority of the Queen’s duties under a Regency (Image: GETTY)

According to the Regency Act of 1937 at least three people – including the Duke of Edinburgh, the Chancellor and the Speaker of the House of Commons – would have to declare evidence provided proved “that the Sovereign is for some definite cause not available for the performance of those functions.”

While Prince Charles would take on the roles usually performed by the sovereign, Prince Philip, 99, would become the main guardian of the Queen.

Ms Ciuni was not the first commentator to suggest Her Majesty could opt to trigger the Regency Acts instead of abdicating the throne completely.

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

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Prince Charles has been the official heir to the throne since 1969, when he became Prince of Wales (Image: GETTY)

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The Royal Family last triggered the Regency Acts in 1811 (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

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

Aged only 21, the Queen pledged to remain on the throne for as long as she would live – sending a clear signal to British and Commonwealth citizens that she would not spark a new constitutional crisis as her uncle, Edward VIII, had when he abdicated in 1937.

Her Majesty said: “I can make my solemn act of dedication with a whole Empire listening. I should like to make that dedication now. It is very simple.

“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.

“But I shall not have the strength to carry out this resolution alone unless you join in it with me, as I now invite you to do: I know that your support will be unfailingly given. God help me to make good my vow, and God bless all of you who are willing to share in it.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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