Queen set to 'hand over powers' to Prince Charles when she turns 95 in two years, claims royal expert
The 1937 Regency Act permits a reigning monarch to hand over their powers if they feel they are unable to perform their duties to the best of their abilities
Queen Elizabeth II is reportedly set to hand over the majority of her duties to Prince Charles in two years, when she turns 95, claims a royal expert. The monarch, who turned 93 in April, is reportedly discussing bringing the 1937 Regency Act in two years. The act permits a reigning monarch to hand over their powers if they feel they are unable to perform their duties to the best of their abilities.
If the Queen brings in the Regency Act, it will mean that Prince Philip, a spokesperson of the Houses of Parliament, and a third senior person will have to present evidence in support of the Queen's request to relinquish the majority of her duties. The Queen, however, will continue to retain her title but Charles would assume the majority of the duties performed by the sovereign, while Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, aged 98, will become Guardian of the Queen.
"There is talk that when she reaches 95 in a couple of years she may slow down and possibly the Regency Act will be brought in," Royal author Phil Dampier, while speaking to Yahoo's The Royal Box, said. "She will still be Queen but Prince Charles will, in fact, take over most of the duties. He is starting to take over a lot of the duties and doing the investitures."
According to previous indications by palace sources, the Queen had reportedly told her inner circle that although she is still on the throne at the of 95, she will ask for the Regency Act to be instated, granting her eldest son full power to reign even while she lives, according to the Daily Mail.
The outlet reported one former senior member of the Royal Household saying: "Out of the profound respect the Queen holds for the institution of monarchy and its stewardship, Her Majesty would want to make sure that she has done everything she can for her country and her people before she hands over. She is dutiful to her core. Her Majesty is mindful of her age and wants to make sure when the time comes, the transition of the Crown is seamless."
"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 reign to Charles," the member had added.