Royal expert and biographer Robert Jobson says that he fully expects The Queen to step down when she reaches the age of 95 next year.
Newsweek Royal Reporter Jack Royston agreed, saying: “I think she won’t want to, but realistically she will get to a point where she has handed over everything to Charles and then how do you look your son in the eye and tell him he is not going to be King?”
If The Queen does decide to hand over her duties at the age of 95, it would be in line with the retirement plans made by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who also stepped down from his role at that age.
However, we must be pointed in 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.”