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13 reasons Queen Elizabeth II will never give up the throne

13 reasons Queen Elizabeth II will never give up the throne
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Elizabeth II became the Queen of England in 1952, and if anyone’s taking bets on if and when she might abdicate the throne to Prince Charles, (or Prince William, if Prince Charles were unavailable to serve), we’re all in with: ‘no and never’. Here’s why.

Abdicating? Nah

Abdicating? Nah
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Last year, The Daily Mail floated a titillating headline asking, “Is the Queen Preparing to Abdicate?” As it turns out, the story was really about rumours the Queen planned to appoint Prince Charles as ‘Prince Regent’ when she turns 95, however, British history makes clear that appointing a regent is not equal to abdicating. Further, the Queen isn’t even legally empowered to appoint a regent, which happens only under very specific circumstances as outlined in the Regency Act of 1937.

Abdicating due to age just isn’t done

Abdicating due to age just isn’t done
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While some royal families have a tradition of monarchs stepping down after he or she reaches a certain age (such as the royal family of the Netherlands), there’s no such tradition in the United Kingdom. In fact, abdication has been said to go against informal rules of the monarchy’s set-up. Indeed, it was considered a constitutional crisis when Prince Edward VIII abdicated in 1936 to marry Wallis Simpson.

Queen Elizabeth II promised she’d reign for life

Queen Elizabeth II promised she’d reign for life
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On her 21st birthday, Queen Elizabeth II promised England she’d be their Queen for life. “I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong,” she said. That’s a big promise, but she’s kept it for over 70 years now.

Travel with us back in time to 1952 for the Queen’s coronation.

She feels it’s her duty to reign

She feels it’s her duty to reign
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Experts on the monarchy, such as Sarah Bradford, author of Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times, confirm the Queen feels that reigning is her life’s mission and duty. “She’s never even contemplated abdication,” Bradford told The Week.

The people don’t want her to abdicate

The people don’t want her to abdicate
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A long time ago, the people might have supported the Queen’s abdicating. That was back before Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage imploded for all to see, says The Week. “It wasn’t until the end of the 1990s that the Prince’s reputation began to pull out of its nosedive.” However, public support for the Queen’s turning the throne over to the Prince of Wales has not risen significantly. Recent surveys show that a full 70 per cent of the United Kingdom would prefer the Queen remain in power for as long as she lives.

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Anti-monarchy sentiment

Anti-monarchy sentiment
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The public’s love for the Queen does not equal the public’s love for the monarchy. So, while the public would like to see Queen Elizabeth II remain Queen for her lifetime, they may not necessarily wish to replace her with another monarch. As The Guardian’s Polly Toynbee writes, “Let [Queen Elizabeth II] reign as long as she lives. But let her be Elizabeth the Last.” It is hard to imagine the Queen would hand the reigns over amid such sentiment.

The whole Charles thing

The whole Charles thing
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Even if the public were in favour of putting a new monarch on the throne, Prince Charles is next in line, and that’s considered problematic. “We know far too much about his foibles and past errors to revere him as we revere his mother,” wrote The Daily Mail’s Allison Pearson. In addition, people have their doubts about the ability of Prince Charles to maintain the requisite royal neutrality on certain political issues. While the Queen could abdicate in favour of her grandson Prince William, there is no historical precedent for passing over the current Prince of Wales (the traditional ‘on-deck’ role) in favour of his child.

Plus, Charles is already 70

Plus, Charles is already 70
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Even if the Queen was to abdicate due to her age, the Prince of Wales is already in his 70s. And in the opinion of some palace insiders, including Paul Burrell, former butler of Princess Diana, the public perceives Prince Charles as too old to take on the role of King.

And about the whole Camilla thing

And about the whole Camilla thing
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Apart from all the talk about whether Queen Elizabeth II will abdicate, one of the hottest royal topics is whether Camilla Parker Bowles will be known as ‘Queen’ if and when Prince Charles ascends the throne. Traditionally, the King’s spouse is referred to as ‘Queen’. However, public sentiment isn’t exactly supportive of a ‘Queen Camilla’. Although in 2005, Prince Charles assured the public Camilla would never be known as ‘Queen’, (she would instead go by the title ‘Princess Consort’), he’s since retracted his statement, going as far as deleting it from his official website.

Would Queen Elizabeth choose to stir up that hornet’s nest? Our gut feeling is ‘no’.

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