The Queen is understood to have described the loss of Prince Philip as “having left a huge void in her life”. However, the Queen is not likely to “give up” the throne anytime soon, according to a royal commentator. There has been growing speculation that the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99 could spell the end of the Queen’s reign.
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Speaking to Sky News Australia, royal commentator Annabelle Sanderson shut down these claims.
A Sky News Australia asked the royal insider: “Prince Charles is tipped to step up and take on more duties.
“But, there is already speculation now that the Queen may hand over the regency, making him king on her 95th birthday.
“How likely is something like that?”
The Queen is understood to have described the loss of Prince Philip as ‘having left a huge void’
The Queen is not likely to ‘give up’ the throne anytime soon
Ms Sanders responded: “I can’t see the Queen doing something like that.
“I think she is more likely to stick to the proper protocol, whereby she is the Crown until she leaves this earth.
“But I do think she will be passing over more responsibilities over to Charles and of course to William and Kate, who have done an amazing job over the last year in particular.
“When you lose someone that has been a part of your life for so long, it must take a huge emotional hit so I can’t imagine she will want to do so many duties.
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There has been growing speculation that the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99 could spell the end of the Queen’s reign
“The country will be understanding of that. She will need time to appreciate the loss of her husband
“But I think the crown will be staying on her head. She won’t be giving that up.”
Royal historian Hugo Vickers echoed this sentiment, as he told the Mirror: “I can assure you the Queen will not abdicate.”
He added: “There is every indication the Queen is in extremely good health and with luck she will continue to be our queen for as long as possible.”
A period of national mourning will end after 17 April, when Prince Philip’s funeral takes place at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel.
A national minute’s silence will be held to coincide with the start of the service at 15:00 BST.
Members of the Royal Family will walk behind the coffin ahead of the funeral at Windsor Castle.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK