It has been reported that The Queen has implied she would consider making her son, Prince Charles, Prince Regent once she reaches the age of 95.
In his column for the London Evening Standard, royal commentator Robert Jobson says that Her Majesty has “has hinted that she would consider a Prince Charles Regency at 95.”
So, could this happen? Is it possible for The Queen to hand over her delegation of duties without actually abdicating?
The short answer is yes. Such a situation would occur where The Queen is unable to fulfil her duties and responsibilities for whatever reason.
The last time Britain had a Regent was in the early 1800s, when King George III was unable to carry out his duties due to mental illness. His son, the future George IV, took over the King’s responsibility under the Regency Act.
The Regency Act 1937 made way for a regent to step in should a monarch become incapacitated. Three of more people such as the monarch’s spouse, the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice and the Master of the Rolls must put in writing that the Regent will perform the duties of the monarch until a time which they are fit.
The act does also say that this is only to last until the monarch is able to resume their duties, so should The Queen make Charles Prince Regent an addendum would have to be made for this new circumstance
Phil Dampier, who has been writing about The Royal Family for 30 years, reaffirms that The Queen will only consider a regency if she became seriously ill.