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, (or Prince William, if Prince Charles were unavailable to serve), we’re all in with: ‘no and never’. Here’s why.
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
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.