Prince Charles abdication: How Charles could hand throne to William – ‘perfectly natural’ | Royal | News (Reports)

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“The first is the bad example of Edward VIII: his abdication brought the Queen’s father onto the throne, unexpectedly and most reluctantly.

“The second is her declaration on her twenty-first birthday that she would serve for her whole life, whether it be long or short.

“She is also said to regard her oath at her coronation as imposing a sacred duty to reign as long as she shall live.”

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The Queen will likely live at least as long as her mother, Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, who died aged 101.

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