A royal expert has rejected rumours that the Queen will step down and let her son Prince Charles assume the responsibility of reigning. According to Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl, palace insiders have revealed that her Majesty does not allow anyone to suggest she might step down.
Palace insiders told the royal author that the Queen would “never abdicate” because “it is simply not in her DNA to abandon her people or duty.”
They added: “As a young woman she vowed to serve until her death and that is what she plans to do.
“She would never abdicate – to her, it is a dirty word never to be uttered in her presence.”
Ms Nicholas’ account counters claims form royal commentator Robert Jobson told The Royal Beat who strongly believes the Queen will step down when she turns 95 next April.
He said: “I still firmly believe when the Queen becomes 95, that she will step down.”
The royal biographer previously told the Daily Mail: “I understand the Queen has given the matter considerable thought and believes that, if she is still alive at 95, she will seriously consider passing the reign to Charles.
“But she did this [Panorama] and I think she thought she was more powerful than the Queen.
“The Queen thought enough was enough and the shutters came down.”
However, Ms Bedell added that the Queen will most “assuredly” remain the reigning monarch next year,
She said: “Her Majesty will most assuredly not step down when she turns 95 in April 2021, although with the Platinum Jubilee to follow in 2022, she’ll likely want to celebrate the birthday with minimum fuss.”
Speaking about the upcoming Jubilee, Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The Platinum Jubilee offers an opportunity for the Queen to express her thanks for the support and loyalty Her Majesty has received throughout her reign. The Queen hopes that as many people as possible will have the opportunity to join the celebrations.”
The Jubilee will be celebrated in a series of events and engagements that will take place between June 2 to June 5.