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.
13 reasons Queen Elizabeth II will never give up the throne
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, we’re betting ‘no’. Here’s why.