According to insiders close to the British royal family, Queen Elizabeth is in no rush to abdicate and pass the literal and figurative scepter to her son, Prince Charles. And that’s because his children and grandchildren have made her more popular than ever.
“I think the Queen sees what those boys and their wives bring, I also wonder whether she even throws forward to the great grandchildren,” documentary filmmaker and True Royalty TV editor in chief Nick Bullen, shared with The Daily Mail. “Princess Charlotte, already at the age of 3, 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."
Though Bullen noted that he believes Prince Charles is more than ready to take over as ruler of the kingdom, he doesn’t think he will get the chance to do so until he’s 80.
“Her mother lived to 101. The Queen is there for the long run…she could live for at least another 10 years,” he said. “She’s seen it all, she’s done it all, she is the ultimate working mother and working woman, and I don’t think she’s going anywhere, anytime soon.”
However, it should be noted that the Queen has been making at least some preparations for her son to take over her role. As The Daily Mail noted, in 2017, Charles was officially appointed the Queen’s successor as Head of the Commonwealth. He, along with his children Prince William and Prince Harry, have increasingly taken over for her at appearances and public outings. This is also undoubtedly helping their own popularity rise. And, in October, it came to light that the 92-year-old Queen reportedly told her inner circle that if she makes it to 95 years old she will ask for the legislation known as the Regency Act to come into play. This, The Daily Mail explained, would grant Charles full power to reign, while she would become the Queen Regant.
But, at least for now, we can enjoy the Queen alongside her grandchildren and great-grandchildren for a little longer.