by Katrina Hapner, contributing writer for Telegraph Local
Recently there have been increased questions regarding whether Queen Elizabeth will indeed step back in her duties when she turns 95 years old, to allow her son, Prince Charles, to take on a regency. However, the office of the Prince of Wales reported to People Magazine that no such plans exist. The statement went on to say there will not be any changes made “at the age of 95, or any other age”.
However, this claim first appeared in 2018, in a well-known biography, “Charles At Seventy” written by Robert Jobson. In his book, Jobson speculated that the Queen may “trigger a period of regency” where she will allow Prince Charles to fully take over her queenly duties. He further claims that a source close to the Queen reported to him that the Queen has mused that she would consider Charles for regency if she is still alive to celebrate her 95th birthday.
These renewed rumors of a retirement for the Queen, coincided with the announcement that Prince Andrew would no longer be participating in any royal-type duties, after he made public declarations about his ties with the criminal Jeffrey Epstein. It was rumored that Prince Charles had something to do with advising the Queen to have Prince Andrew step down. There has been much speculation that Prince Charles has been given increasing duties in the background, to gain experience for his future responsibilities.
Even though Buckingham Palace refuses to comment on the subject, family and friends have made claims that the Queen, upon being crowned, was very adamant that her devotion to serving her country would be for the entirety of her life. It has been further pointed out that even if the Queen were to have such notions regarding stepping down, there is a very specific process that must be followed. According to biographer Sally Bedell Smith, the process requires that the family, various courtiers and civil servants must determine that the Queen is no longer able to attend to her duties. She has further added that, “The Queen can’t just wave a queen wand and say Charles you are my regent. It’s not her call – and it’s not his call.”
It has, however, been noted that certain concessions have been made to the Queen’s duties regarding her advancing age. Her children have taken over most of her foreign travel and the Princess Anne has presided over royal investitures recently. Even, Prince William and Kate Middleton have been on hand to help handle foreign guests. However, there are certain behind-the-scene things that only the Queen can attend to.
Although the Queen’s schedule reportedly continues to be full, her age makes it hard to determine the future of the monarchy. As Joe Little, editor of Majesty Magazine, has said, “It is unchartered territory, in that we have never had a monarch who has lived as long. So there is no precedent. I don’t think it would be unreasonable to step back at the age of 95. She would still be queen but would be enjoying more downtime.”