Queen could ABDICATE in 2018 after shock Prince Charles intervention – bookies slash odds
THE Queen swore to serve Britain for her entire life but speculation is rife that the world’s longest-serving monarch will abdicate this year after she gave her firm backing to Prince Charles to replace her as Head of the Commonwealth when he becomes King.
New odds show punters believe the monarch will step down from the throne this year to make way for her eldest son Prince Charles.
And this morning bookies slashed the odds on the Queen’s abdication after she told leaders of the Commonwealth gathered at Buckingham Palace that she hopes they will choose the Prince of Wales to succeed her as head of the Commonwealth.
Bookmaker Coral slashed the odds into 2-1 from 5-1 on the Queen abdicating from the throne in 2018.
Coral’s John Hill said: “Following the news that Prince Charles is set to take over as the Head of the Commonwealth, we have seen a surge of bets on the Queen stepping down from the throne in 2018 where her odds have tumbled in the last 24 hours.”
The Queen told the heads of state from across the globe on Thursday: “It is my sincere wish that the Commonwealth will continue to offer stability and continuity to future generations, and will decide that one day the Prince of Wales should carry on the important work started by my father in 1949.”
Her shock intervention came despite concerns within the Commonwealth that Prince Charles would not make a suitable head and a growing campaign to elect a leader on a rotational basis.
There has been speculation for a number of years about whether the heir to the throne will succeed the Queen, who has been head of the Commonwealth since coming to the throne in 1952.
The position is not automatically held by the British monarch, and the BBC reported earlier this year the topic would be discussed by the world leaders when they go into retreat at Windsor Castle, holding informal discussions without aides or advisers present.
Meanwhile, the royal family has had one famous abdication in the family – that of Queen Elizabeth’s uncle Edward VIII, a move which scandalised Britain back in 1936.
Edward’s abdication changed the course of history when he stepped down from the throne to marry the woman he loved, American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
This pushed his brother – Elizabeth’s father King George V – into the spotlight, which eventually led her to become the Queen.
And on her 21st birthday, Elizabeth II, the world’s longest-reigning living monarch, pledged to serve the country for her whole life.
Reports last year suggested the Queen would ask for a piece of legislation to grant her eldest son Charles full power to reign while she was still alive if she was still on the throne at the age of 95.
But royal commentator Richard Fitziwilliams previously told Express.co.uk the abdication of the 92-year-old monarch’s uncle Edward VIII “haunted” the royal family and Elizabeth II remains committed to her duty to the nation.
He said although Charles’s “whole life has been a preparation for kingship”, the Queen will want succession to occur “naturally”.
Next in line after Charles would be his eldest son Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and his children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and the Duchess of Cambridge’s unborn baby.
The next King or Queen will be the 42nd monarch to reign since William the Conqueror of Normandy obtained the English crown following the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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