While Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning British monarch, not many believe that she has abdication on her mind.
At the age of 94, the Queen still has a sense of duty to her nation. However, some British scholars think that Prince Charles might take that giant selfless act to step down from the thrown and make his son, Prince William, king.
The Queen is aware that it will create a messy and complicated situation from a legal standpoint if she abdicates.
According to the history books, in 1936, law and constitutional experts burned the midnight oil when Edward VIII stepped down from his role as king to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson.
After the Queen’s uncle caused a major constitutional crisis in the British Empire and eventually abdicated, her father, George VI, was named king.
That devastating and humiliating event is the reason why the Queen will not leave her position. While the Queen is not interested in repeating history; at the age of 71, Prince Charles might prefer to have young blood with a fresh perspective rule the empire.
Constitutional experts at University College London’s Constitution Unit asked the following question: Might Prince Charles abdicate in favor of William?”
The answer is as follows: “That would be a matter for Prince Charles, and for Parliament.”
The great minds argue: “For the Queen, abdication is said to be unthinkable, for two reasons. The first is the bad example of Edward VIII: his abdication brought the Queen’s father onto the throne, unexpectedly and most reluctantly. The second is her declaration on her twenty-first birthday that she would serve for her whole life, whether it be long or short. She is also said to regard her oath at her coronation as imposing a sacred duty to reign as long as she shall live.”
This is why Prince Charles might ask his son to take his place: “Having waited over 60 years as heir apparent, it would be perfectly natural for Prince Charles to want to assume the throne and perform the royal duties for which he has spent so long preparing in waiting. But it would be equally natural if, after reigning for a few years as an increasingly elderly monarch, he chose to invite Parliament to hand on the throne to Prince William.”
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