Royal Heartbreak: Queen Elizabeth's Possible Abdication

Could Queen Elizabeth II be forced to abdicate her throne? Experts have been speculating that the longest-reigning British Monarch may give up her Crown as she grows older. Will she keep her vow to serve all the days of her life, or will she put herself before her duty? Stay tuned for the full exposé! 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II attends a ceremony to mark her official birthday at Windsor Castle on June 13, 2020 in Windsor, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II attends a ceremony to mark her official birthday at Windsor Castle on June 13, 2020 in Windsor, England.


A New Normal For The Longest Reigning Monarch

The Queen of England set a record back in 2015 when she became the longest-reigning British Monarch. Yet, there are still some concerns for this steadfast royal. Not only has 2020 been a year, unlike before with new challenges, but the Queen is also getting older. This has led to many wondering, will she step down from the throne?

Image Credit: Getty Images / The Queen holding her symbols of office after the crowning ceremony on 2nd June 1953.

Image Credit: Getty Images / The Queen holding her symbols of office after the crowning ceremony on 2nd June 1953.

For most of the year, the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, 99, have been staying out of public arenas, mainly living at Windsor Castle. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced her and her husband into isolation, the new normal for them. There is still no real indication about when or if she will commence with her duties.  

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II talks with MI5 officers during a visit to the headquarters of MI5 at Thames House on February 25, 2020 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II talks with MI5 officers during a visit to the headquarters of MI5 at Thames House on February 25, 2020 in London, England.


Is The Queen's Abdication Fast Approaching? 

With various factors weighing in, from health concerns to age and retirement, many have been looking for an answer to their most impending questions. A Channel 5 documentary, 'The Queen: Duty before Family?' expressed that "The Queen's life has been one long rebuttal to the abdication crisis."

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II visits Wolferton Pumping Station, where she officially opened the new station, on February 5, 2020 in Wolferton, Norfolk, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II visits Wolferton Pumping Station, where she officially opened the new station, on February 5, 2020 in Wolferton, Norfolk, England.

The narrator continued by posing questions about a possible abdication, saying:

"Again and again, she's sacrificed those closest to her for what she feels is in the best interests of the monarchy. Now in her mid-90s, will she sit back and enjoy her final years or keep on going as the full-time Queen of her nation?"

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II arrives for her Christmas break at Sandringham at Kings Lynn Station on December 20, 2019 in Kings Lynn, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II arrives for her Christmas break at Sandringham at Kings Lynn Station on December 20, 2019 in Kings Lynn, England.


Age Is Nothing But A Number For The Queen

Many onlookers refuse to believe that Queen Elizabeth will give up her Crown. Historians also seem to have differing opinions, but one thing rings true, for the Queen, age has never kept her back before. She has always put the Crown before herself, and Dr. Anne Whitelock, a royal historian, speculates this will continue.

Image Credit: Youtube / Guardian News

Image Credit: Youtube / Guardian News

Dr. Anne Whitelock reminds us of the Queen's vow she made at twenty-one years old. Known then as Princess Elizabeth, she spoke via radio and said, "I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and to the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong." 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) driving an ambulance during her wartime service in the A.T.S, on 10th April 1945.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) driving an ambulance during her wartime service in the A.T.S, on 10th April 1945.


Rumors About What Will Happen When She Turns 95 

In 2018 it was reported that there was a possibility Her Majesty would step away from the throne when she turned 95. Royal correspondent, Robert Jobson said: "I understand the Queen has given the matter considerable thought and believes that, if she is still alive at 95, she will seriously consider passing the reigns..." 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II opens the new premises of the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals on February 19, 2020 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II opens the new premises of the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals on February 19, 2020 in London, England.


How Prince Philip's Health Has Affected The Queen

One major factor in her decision making is linked to her confidant and consort Prince Philip. After tying the knot in 1947, the pair have been inseparable through many decades. With her husband's recent health scares, experts have been wondering how the Monarch will cope without the support of her Phillip.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on Buckingham Palace for her coronation ceremony, 2 June 1953.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on Buckingham Palace for her coronation ceremony, 2 June 1953.

While Prince Philip did retire from his royal duties in 2017, he has still been a guiding light in her life and her reign. The Queen has called him "strength and stay," and insiders have noted that she has already been missing "his hands-on approach to family matters."

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh look on after the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh look on after the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England.


Who Is Next In Line?

So, should the Queen decide to abdicate in the coming year, who will take up the royal symbols and lead the nation? Her "inner circle" has alluded that she may not abdicate but instead call upon the Regency Act. This will grant Prince Charles power while Queen Elizabeth is still alive. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II during the Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales on July 1, 1969 at Caernafon Castle in Gwynedd, Wales.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II during the Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales on July 1, 1969 at Caernafon Castle in Gwynedd, Wales.

Robert Jobson, the award-winning royal correspondent, thinks this might actually come to pass. He said, "If implemented, it would see Charles appointed Prince Regent, King in all but name." The official photos for Prince Charles'' official 70th birthday also showed the Queen's reclining behavior as she was not included. 


Why Prince Charles Won't Become King Immediately 

If Queen Elizabeth is making plans to dubb Charles, "Prince Regent" while taking on her royal roles, then he will not become King while she is still alive. The Prince of Wales will thus keep his current status and will only ascend the throne as a king after his mother's passing. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lord's Chamber on December 19, 2019 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lord's Chamber on December 19, 2019 in London, England.


Experts Believe Prince William Might Ascend The Throne Next 

England may very well have a new king in the coming seasons, but why do some experts think the Crown may go straight to Prince Williams and not to Prince Charles? Well, popularity has a lot to do with it. The young and charming Prince William has quite a few fans, and thus many put their bets on him.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speak to Queen Elizabeth II at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speak to Queen Elizabeth II at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2019 in Ascot.

There is indeed only one way for Prince William to become King before Prince Charles. It has nothing to do with polls and everything to do with Charles. If he does not want to become King in his seventies, then he can pass the Crown directly to his son, William.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge leave The Thistle Service at St Giles Cathedral on July 6, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge leave The Thistle Service at St Giles Cathedral on July 6, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.


Prince Charles Can Opt Not To Be King

If Queen Elizabeth does decide to walk away from the throne, then Prince Charles can easily opt to give the Crown to Prince William. Expert Robert Blackburn expressed:

“If there was a feeling within the Royal Family, particularly with Prince Charles, that he would prefer not to be King and he would like to pass the throne to his son, then I think it would be perfectly reasonable to do that." 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Charles, Prince Wales and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at the Royal Ascot on June 18, 2019 in Ascot, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Prince Charles, Prince Wales and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at the Royal Ascot on June 18, 2019 in Ascot, England.


Or, Will The Queen Remain On The Throne Afterall?

There are, of course, a few factors that make abdication by Queen Elizabeth seem highly unlikely. Not only did the highly religious royal establish the Church of England, but she will also see this commitment to her country as a holy commitment that she will not break without extreme circumstances.

Image Credit: Getty Images / The Queen Mother Walking With One Of Her Friends And Her Corgi On The Beach In Norfolk.

Image Credit: Getty Images / The Queen Mother Walking With One Of Her Friends And Her Corgi On The Beach In Norfolk.

Experts have also stated the Queen may feel she is "married" to the Crown. During her coronation, she was given the ''Ring of England'' which makes her ''married to England''. This is symbolism the Monarch takes very seriously and may inhibit her from giving up her royal duties anytime soon. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II attends a service for the Order of the British Empire at St Paul's Cathedral on March 7, 2012 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II attends a service for the Order of the British Empire at St Paul's Cathedral on March 7, 2012 in London, England.


2020 Has Changed Things For The Queen 

Andrew Morton has highlighted the influence 2020's events have had on the monarchy. Not only has the Queen had to stop many of her royal engagements because of Covid-19, but this has affected her plans. For most of the year, she has been keeping safe indoors. 

mage Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II sits at a desk in the Regency Room after recording her Christmas Day broadcast on December 24, 2016 in London, England.

mage Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II sits at a desk in the Regency Room after recording her Christmas Day broadcast on December 24, 2016 in London, England.

Morton expressed, "It's terribly sad, but I can't see how the Queen can resume her job. The COVID-19 virus isn't going away soon and will be with us for months, if not years." The risk is too high, and this may affect her decision to give up the throne sooner than she anticipated. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II visits the Royal Insitute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to mark its 150th anniversary on November 20, 2018 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II visits the Royal Insitute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to mark its 150th anniversary on November 20, 2018 in London, England.


Why The Queen May Reconsider Her Royal Duties

For Queen Elizabeth, royal duty has always outweighed her concern for herself. Yet, she, too, realizes that some sacrifices can only be made in the prime of one's life. Well into her nineties, is it time for her to start putting herself before the Crown? Only time will tell.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh pose for a portrait at home in Buckingham Palace in December 1958 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh pose for a portrait at home in Buckingham Palace in December 1958 in London, England.

Robert Jobson gave both sides of the choice Queen Elizabeth will have to make: 

"My understanding is that while the Queen feels fit and well both physically and mentally she will continue to reign. But if for any reason, such as being limited to perform her public duties due, for example, to the pandemic, she may well re-consider her position..."

Image Credit: Getty Images / The Queen Adjusting Her Tiara During Her Visit With Prince Philip To Peking, China.

Image Credit: Getty Images / The Queen Adjusting Her Tiara During Her Visit With Prince Philip To Peking, China.


Will The Queen Make Her Annual Trip?

The Queen makes a 500-mile journey from Windsor Castle to Balmoral Castle in Scottish Highlands every year, but it is unclear if these plans will continue in 2020. This inability to travel is yet another factor weighing in on the side of abdicating. No doubt, the Queen will also be realizing just how much has changed this past year. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II leaves Buckingham Palace, London, for Windsor Castle to socially distance herself amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II leaves Buckingham Palace, London, for Windsor Castle to socially distance herself amid the coronavirus pandemic.

ITV's Royal expert and producer Lizzie Robinson expressed:

"There's a lot [of discussion] about the Queen and when she will go to Balmoral. I think even though the plan is for her to go, they will review it and keep it under constant review given the current situation."

Image Credit: Getty Images / The Queen And Prince Philip Chatting Together During The Royal Windsor Horse Show In The Grounds Of Windsor Castle.

Image Credit: Getty Images / The Queen And Prince Philip Chatting Together During The Royal Windsor Horse Show In The Grounds Of Windsor Castle.


Princess Charlotte May Keep The Queen On The Throne A Little Longer

Experts have also conveyed the role Princess Charlotte has had on the Queen. With the youngster's natural flair for commanding crowds and her influence on the nation, the Queen may want to remain on the throne as Princess Charlotte may not be old enough to appreciate her grandmother fully, just yet.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II speaks to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as she pushes baby Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on July 5, 2015 in King's Lynn, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Queen Elizabeth II speaks to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as she pushes baby Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on July 5, 2015 in King's Lynn, England.

A royal insider shared more on this topic:

"Princess Charlotte, already at the age of [5], knows how to work a crowd. Maybe now through her grandchildren she can see a way of just staying on the crest of that wave."

Image Credit: Getty Images / Royal family on the balcony during the Trooping the Colour on June 11, 2016 in London, England.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Royal family on the balcony during the Trooping the Colour on June 11, 2016 in London, England.

The Queen has been a great leader for a lifetime, and now she must make a choice that will potentially define her reign. Should she remain on the throne or walk away and enjoy her retirement while her children take over? Leave us your comments, and be sure to click the share button! 

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