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Queen Elizabeth Ii Could “resign” Next Year For Prince Charles, The Experts Affirm

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Queen Elizabeth II could “step down” as early as next year and hand power to Prince Charles, experts claim.

The monarch, 94, could retire from official duties during her lifetime to pave the way for her son to rule as Prince Regent.

The move would mean he could begin to perform the role of head of state before formally becoming king on the point of Elizabeth’s death.

Robert Jobson, author of Charles at Seventy, said the process of handing over power is already slowly underway during a discussion for True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat.

He said: “I still firmly believe when the Queen becomes 95, that she will step down.”

Queen Elizabeth II visits the U.K. Government’s top secret Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) at Porton Down science park on October 15, 2020 near Salisbury, England. Royal experts believe she will “step down” next year and pass power to Prince Charles.
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Royal historian Dr. Anna Whitelock, author of Elizabeth’s Bedfellows, replied: “Do you not think there’s more likely to be a kind of Regency Act?

“He will act in her steed as a regent figure but she won’t formally abdicate.”

Under the 1937 Regency Act the queen can pass on the role of sovereign so that Charles, her eldest son, can begin the life he was destined to lead.

However, he would not yet be crowned king and would serve as Prince Regent while carrying out his royal duties.

Veteran royal correspondent Jobson said: “Don’t underestimate the position of the Prince of Wales.

“The Prince of Wales, although we say he’s doing a few more things, he’s doing a lot more than that.

“The queen’s own private secretary was given his third knighthood for the work to do with the transition of the crown, Sir Christopher, now Lord, Geidt.

“So, what is happening is the Prince of Wales is very much taking the lead at the moment with the queen deferring most things to the Prince of Wales.”

He added that the royal family’s efforts to strengthen Britain’s relations abroad are hampered by Charles not being king.

Elizabeth no longer carries out official state visits and has not been abroad for years, with Charles taking her place.

However, Jobson argued that, as long as he is only a prince, Charles’ foreign tours will not have the same impact as a visit by a sovereign.

The queen has always pledged to dedicate her “whole life” to public service, dating back to a 1947 speech in South Africa when she was still a princess.

She turns 95 next year and the physical demands of the job mean she has been forced to call on her children and grandchildren to take on some responsibilities.

Among them, both Prince Charles and Prince William have carried out investiture ceremonies to knight the great and good of British society on her behalf.

The decision could be a significant one for the Monarch as experts have warned her departure could trigger a wave of countries around the world to abandon the monarchy.

Barbados announced plans to remove the queen as head of state in September, prompting commentators to predict others would follow suit.

Graham Smith, of anti-monarchy campaign group Republic, told Newsweek at the time: “I think the queen’s reign is getting towards the end and that’s going to focus the mind as well.

“Other Commonwealth countries abandoning the monarchy is also going to strengthen the argument not least because they will show the way on how it’s done.”

Ingrid Seward, author of Prince Philip Revealed, added: “It seems to me that once one country goes the house of cards falls a little bit.”

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