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Will The Queen make Prince Charles Prince Regent when she turns 95?

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.

He says: “The Queen will certainly never abdicate. At the moment she is in excellent health and so she won’t be giving this serious thought right now. In fact, I know she has told friends that she wants to live to 100 like her mother.

“The only reason a regency would ever be contemplated if is she became seriously ill, either mentally or physically. But I don’t believe she would consider an artificial cut off time such as reaching 95. She will consider the situation as each year passes.”

Buckingham Palace has declined to comment on these reports, although a spokeswoman has pointed in the direction of the words Her Majesty said on the occasion of her 21st birthday, as well as her address to Parliament in 2012.

On her 21st birthday in 1947, The Queen said: “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.”

Her speech to Parliament during the Diamond Jubilee further reaffirmed this message, saying: “I have been privileged to witness some of that history and, with the support of my family, rededicate myself to the service of our great country and its people now and in the years to come.”

Jamie Samhan contributed to this article
  • bearzy123

    Maybe not !! Remember what happened to Prince John…under Arthur’s reign… He had that run in with Robin Hood and locked up Maid Marion..

    • Elizabeth Charlotte Anderson

      There was no such person in English history as Robin Hood.

      • Holli McEachin

        If u don’t believe Robin Hood was a real person that existed, do u believe Arthur existed?

      • Jane Summarsell

        Oh don’t be daft. There was a Robin Hood, however he was never King or anything like it.

    • Paul Evans

      I was thinking more of the buffoonery that ensued on Blackadder III when King George III made his George IV the Regent

    • Holli McEachin

      I think u mean Richard the Lion Heart not Arthur.

  • Howard T

    It is not the Queen’s way, unless ill-health forced her to invoke the regency.

  • ColdBeer

    The very idea of royalty needs to end around the world.

    • alwaysroyal

      The very idea of it ending around the world is nonsense. In fact, numerous countries are looking at bringing back the monarchy. The USA seemed to be responsible for ending many monarchies after the 2nd world war. My wish is to live long enough to see Hawaii regain it’s monarchy. The USA took that island by force…

      • Elizabeth Charlotte Anderson

        You need to stop thinking that way.

      • Holli McEachin

        Hawaii didn’t want to be taxed on their exports. That’s why they joined the USA.

        • Da’ud Maud’dib

          You mean the European and or US occupiers didn’t want their exports to be taxed.

        • JohnB

          It was the American businessmen who owned banana and pineapple plantations on Hawaii who didn’t want to pay the import duties to mainland USA. They encouraged the illegal takeover of a sovereign Hawaii.

        • alwaysroyal

          Oh my God, read your history, the Americans encircled and threatened to start bombing Hawaii if the monarch did not abdicate. The good old American way of course. There are many Hawaiians who want their country back and do not look too kindly by being invaded ….

      • Elizabeth Pease

        A few monarchies were ended by the end of the Great War, otherwise known as WW1. Russia, Austro-Hungary, and didn’t Kaiser Wilhelm abdicate in 1918?

      • Lynn Tony

        Excuse me…but I like to be free. I like voting, expressing my views being able to do as I please. Under a monarchy it’s their way or the hi-way. Where are these countries that are bringing back the monarchy? What a bunch of fools!

        • alwaysroyal

          What era are you living in ? The peoples of Great Britain, Canada, the Scandinavian countries, Bermuda, Bahamas, Northern Ireland, but a few that come to mind have free votes…..

        • Jane Summarsell

          The Royal Family don’t tell us what to do, the Government does. Where have you come from, down in the last shower? The Monarchy keeps a country stable and dictators can’t get in like they can in other countries. For God’s sake get real and go and learn something. Keep the Monarchy for heaven’s sake, we have more freedom under a Monarchy than we could end up having with a President.

        • Jayden Alexander

          The Scandinavian countries and the Netherlands are all monarchies, and they are far more free, more democratic, and more stable than the United States, or any of the republics in Europe. They have a signficantly higher standard of living as well.

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