Queen Elizabeth may be 92 years old but she’s not about to retire and hand over the throne to anyone. Elizabeth has carried the crown since February of 1952, making her England’s longest ruling monarch ever. But why won’t Her Majesty abdicate to Prince Charles or Prince William?
Elizabeth has experienced firsthand what it’s like when a ruler abdicates the throne. Her uncle, King Edward VIII, held the throne for less than a year before abdicating way back in 1936. The abdication was hard on the royal family and opened the door for Elizabeth to one day take the throne. It also instilled an intense loyalty in Elizabeth to never retire from her royal duties and remain on the throne until her last breath.
Her Majesty and Her Royal Highness then visited the Mersey Gateway Bridge in Widnes. The Queen and The Duchess met architects, planners and community representatives before seeing a performance by local schoolchildren called “Bringing communities together: Halton’s river crossings over the ages.” Her Majesty unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening. The Bridge is a new six-lane toll bridge over the River Mersey between Runcorn and Widnes. #royalvisitcheshire
While Elizabeth will never abdicate, she will lighten her schedule in coming years. According to Express, Her Majesty decreased her workload last year and removed herself as the patron of over 25 charitable organizations.
That said, Elizabeth is already off to a fast start in 2018 and has already finished over 125 public engagements since the start of the year. At this pace, her workload will have increased by a quarter from 2017.
With Elizabeth still in good health, things are not looking good for her oldest son, Prince Charles. His entire life has been in preparation for taking the throne and it is possible that he won’t inherit the crown until he’s well into his 70s, depending on how long Elizabeth lives.
The only exception, according to royal experts, would be if the Queen got a major illness that prevented her from fulfilling her duties.
“The Queen has always been so vehement that there will never be a regency unless she was sick to the point of being unable to perform her duties,” an insider dished, adding that Elizabeth has no plans of starting a regency.
Following Trooping the Colour, on the occasion of Her Majesty's 92nd Birthday, members of The Royal Family stand on the balcony to watch a fly past. 23 aircraft took part in the Fly Past highlighting the range of aircraft used by the Royal Air Force, including the Red Arrows Aerobatic Team, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, helicopters and fast jet combat aircraft. #Troopingthecolour ? PA
Charles is currently first in line to inherit the crown, followed by his son, Prince William. Charles would likely take the throne if Elizabeth ever stepped down, despite his negative popularity in the UK. William, of course, is the popular choice among citizens but will have to wait until Charles steps down to wear the crown.
For bettors, the odds that Elizabeth will abdicate in the near future are currently sitting at 3 to 1. Bookies in the UK believe there is a chance that Queen Elizabeth retires this year in order to spend more time with her growing family.