QUEEN ELIZABETH II is set to “hand the regency over” to Prince Charles when she turns 95, a royal expert said, giving him the full executive powers of the throne.
The Queen will not abdicate but could hand over full royal powers to her heir apparent, Prince Charles, in about 18 months, royal expert Robert Jobson said. He told Vanity Fair: “It is the Queen’s intention is to hand over to Charles when she turns 95. We are in a period of transition at the moment and it is my understanding the Queen wants to hand the regency over to Charles and in doing so, give him all the executive powers of the monarch.
“She will retain the title of Queen, she’s not abdicating, but there is enough scope within the Regency Act for her to step down should she wish to.
“We are talking regency not an abdication.
“The most important thing is to maintain the strength and integrity of the institution.
“If she feels her advancing age is in any way weakening the institution, then she would bring about change.”
The Queen is set to hand the regency over to Prince Charles when she turns 95, a royal expert said (Image GETTY)
The Queen has been steadily handing a greater amount of responsibilities to Prince Charles (Image: GETTY)
The Regency Acts are a series of laws that dictate the rules to remove powers from the monarch to an appointed member of the Royal Family while maintaining the Crown on the head of the Queen.
Similarly, another royal author suggested the Queen could take “the back seat” in the interest of her subjects.
The Queen’s biographer Sarah Gristwood dismissed suggestions the monarch would ever abdicate, saying she will stay true to her pledge made in her famous speech delivered on her 21th birthday.
On the day, 72 years ago, the then Princess Elizabeth promised to dedicate her “whole life, whether it be long or short” to serve the country.
The Queen will turn 95 in 2021 (Image: GETTY)
However, Ms Gristwood said, the monarch could decide in the future that the country would benefit more from her handing part of her duties to Prince Charles than retaining all the control.
The author said: “By the sound of it, we’re not talking actual abdication.
“I think a lot depends on exactly how you interpret that famous speech: ‘I declare that my whole life, whether it be long or short, will be dedicated to your service…’
“That’s always been taken as meaning the Queen would stay in harness until she dies.
Camilla and Prince Charles attended the 2019 State Opening of Parliament with the Queen (Image GETTY)
The Queen, Camilla and Prince Charles arriving to the Houses of Parliament in October this year (Image GETTY)
“But isn’t it possible a time may come when she might be persuaded she could best ‘serve’ her people by taking a back seat?”
The Queen has been steadily handing a greater amount of responsibilities to Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince William, second-in-line to the throne.
In October, Charles and Camilla accompanied the monarch to the Houses of Parliament, where she delivered the Queen’s Speech under request of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The presence of Camilla in the House of Lord was seen by some commentators as a nod of approval from the Queen.
The line of succession to the British throne (Image: EXPRESS)
The Duke of Cambridge has been hosting several investitures at Buckingham Palace this year and, with his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, he has undertaken several engagements, including the key tour to Pakistan earlier this autumn.
Speculation the Queen could retire at 95 was sparked after Prince Andrew plunged the Royal Family into chaos with his car crash Newsnight interview focused on his relationship with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
According to a source, the Duke of York’s conversation with Emily Maitlis aired on the BBC, gave Prince Charles the opportunity to “step up as Prince Regent”.
The source told The Sun: “Planning for Charles to become king has been going on for some time.
“A transition is plainly already underway. Her Majesty is in her nineties and can understandably only do so much.
Prince Charles is the longest-serving Prince of Wales (Image: GETTY)
“The scandal surrounding Andrew and Epstein gave Charles an opportunity to step in to show that he can run The Firm.
“No-one is bigger than the institution of the Royal Family.
“Not even Andrew, the Queen’s favourite son.
“Charles recognised that and acted decisively — like the king he may well soon be.
“This was the moment when Charles stepped up as Prince Regent, the Shadow King.”
Clarence House has dismissed the possibility of a regency, with a spokesman telling Vanity Fair: “There are no plans for a transition of responsibilities at age 95 or any other age.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK