The Queen has been experiencing mobility issues since autumn last year.
During this period, the monarch has frequently used a walking stick and shortened some engagements, including at the Platinum Jubilee in June.
Amid the monarch’s health situation, many have commented on the monarch’s mental state and whether she has the capacity to continue in her role.
Among those who believe she is more than capable, and has displayed signs of clear decision making, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams.
Queen’s ‘mental’ state addressed by royal expert as monarch appears ‘alert’ in her duties
Queen: Monarch has experienced mobility issues
Addressing her “mental state” during an interview with Express.co.uk, he rejected claims that the Queen’s son Prince Charles is “effectively becoming Prince Regent”.
He said: “That is gossip. A Regent is if the Queen was incapacitated, that is the period that you have a Regency.
“You saw that with George III, as George VI was made Regent.
“The Queen is mentally totally alert and carrying out duties, albeit changed duties.
“I don’t see this as a possibility. We will have to see, of course, what is going to happen in the future.”
Charles: At Opening of Parliament
Claims that Charles is now a de facto Prince Regent emerged earlier this year as the future King carried out duties on his mother’s behalf.
Among the responsibilities Charles took on included the state opening of Parliament in May, which he carried out with his son Prince William.
The two royals conducted their duties in their roles as the Queen’s Counsellors of State, and Charles later read the Queen’s speech.
Nigel Farage was among those who claimed that Charles was essentially becoming a Prince Regent.
Queen: With son Charles
Speaking on Fox Business, he was asked if the opening of Parliament marked “the beginning of the changing of the guard”.
The former politician said: “I think it really is, it’s a really sad moment.
“It looks as though Prince Charles is becoming Prince Regent which means he will deputise for the Queen on big state occasions, on big international visits with US Presidents or whatever it may be.”
He added: “She is absolutely with it, she’s on the ball, she’s holding conferences, she’s on the telephone, she is, physically in herself, quite well, she’s just got trouble walking.”
He said: “When Charles opened Parliament, you saw that there was a crown, and he was not on the throne.
“He was on the Council throne, so there is no possibility of that at the moment.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK