Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch, is allegedly preparing for Prince Charles to take over the throne.
Elizabeth II, now 91 years old, has been the Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand since February 1952. A royal butler has revealed that Her Majesty has decided that if she is still Queen when she turns 95, she will then request the Regency Acts to occur.
The Regency Acts are Acts of the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed at various times, to provide a regent in the event of the reigning monarch being incapacitated or a minor (under the age of 18). Prior to 1937, Regency Acts were passed only when necessary to deal with a specific situation.
The Regency Acts would therefore make Prince Charles a Prince Regent and basically the King, in all but title. Under the Act, the Queen would have fewer duties and continue to be the head of state. This would allow the Queen some much needed rest without abdicating the throne.
The royal butler, who has worked for the family for more than ten years, spoke with Daily Star Online and said, “Her Majesty will never resign. She will be on the throne to her last breath.”
The royal butler said that meetings have taken place recently to plan for the Regency Acts to be brought in through Parliament “when Her Majesty gets to 95.”
“This means Prince Charles will become Prince Regent while Her Majesty is still Queen, but her workload scales right back to limited engagements,” the royal butler continued.
Palace insiders refused to comment on anything having to do with the Regency Act. A Clarence House spokeswoman said, “On the record, we are not commenting.” A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said, “We have absolutely no comment.”
The Regency Acts haven’t been used in Britain since 1811 when King George III was mentally ill and he was unable to perform his royal duties. It was then his son, the future King George IV, was given his father’s powers and duties.