15 Reasons Why Queen Elizabeth II Will Never Give Up the Throne
It’s good to be king – but it’s better to be queen.
Queen Elizabeth II may be well into her 90th decade on earth, but that doesn’t mean she’s planning on retiring anytime soon. One recent Daily Mail article speculated that she could be considering stepping back and taking it easy for her final years. Most people disagree with that prediction. In fact, there are some very compelling reasons why she’ll probably never give up the throne.
1. She might appoint Prince Charles as “Prince Regent”
Abdicating the throne and appointing a regent are two very different things. The Daily Mail article which indicated that Queen Elizabeth II might soon retire cited rumors that she was planning to appoint Prince Charles as “Prince Regent” on her 95th birthday.
According to the Regency Act of 1937, this type of appointment only happens under very specific circumstances. Even if she does go ahead with the appointment, it doesn’t mean she’ll stop being queen.
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2. Age doesn’t matter in the British monarchy
There are other countries where reigning monarchs customarily step down from power once they reach a certain age. However, in the United Kingdom, it would be a huge breach of tradition. Abdicating the throne for any reason – including age – is rarely done and causes quite a scandal when it does occur, like when Prince Edward VIII abdicated to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson in 1936.
Next: She made a promise.
3. Queen Elizabeth II vowed to rule until death
When a 21-year-old Queen Elizabeth II promised to rule as the Queen of England until her natural death, she probably didn’t expect for her reign to last so long. But still, a promise is a promise, and she likely remembers the important words she spoke on that pivotal day in 1947.
The exact quote is: “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.”
Next: She has a sense of duty.
4. She feels obligated to reign
Serving a country as the queen is nothing like working a regular job – there is a sense of duty, honor, and loyalty in the role that mere commoners such as ourselves will never understand. The British monarchy has been around for centuries and Queen Elizabeth feels a deep sense of commitment to those traditions.
Next: People don’t want her to do this.
5. British people are happy to have her as queen
Why leave your role when no one wants you to?
There’s a greater chance that Queen Elizabeth would consider abdicating the throne if she wasn’t wanted (though she probably still wouldn’t go through with it). But her approval rating is high and shows no signs of wavering, even as she gets on in years. One poll shows that 70% of citizens support her remaining queen as long as she lives.
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6. Meanwhile, no one likes the next monarch
The public may love the queen, but they certainly don’t care for the next monarch in line – which is a big reason why they don’t want Queen Elizabeth to even think about abdicating the throne. Prince Charles has a shockingly low approval rating thanks in part to his disastrous divorce from Princess Diana.
Some citizens even hope that the Queen will change the line of succession, appointing popular Prince William as the next king. However, there’s almost zero chance of that happening.
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7. There’s an anti-monarchy sentiment, too
Just because the people love Queen Elizabeth II personally, it doesn’t mean they’re enamored with the idea of having kings and queens. In fact, many citizens would be happy to have Queen Elizabeth be the last reigning monarch and do away with the institution entirely. Despite their desires, that probably won’t happen.
Next: Then there’s this one thing about Prince Charles.
8. Charles is not very young
It’s not just the whole Diana thing that makes British citizens leery of having Charles as the king – it’s his age. Since Prince Charles is already in his 70s, plenty of people believe he’s too old or past his prime to take on the role. That’s just another reason that they support skipping Charles in the line of succession.
Next: Charles isn’t the only problem, though.
9. Almost no one wants Camilla to become queen
Once Queen Elizabeth II either dies or abdicates and Prince Charles becomes the king, his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, might be called “queen.” That’s because the monarch’s spouse typically gets that title.
In the past, Prince Charles said that Camilla would take the title of “Princess Consort,” but he’s since deleted that statement from his website. It really makes you wonder: what will happen when Prince Charles becomes king?
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10. It might be helping her live longer
Living past 90 is no small feat. In the case of Queen Elizabeth II, her extra long life may have a lot to do with her profession. Studies show that staying active as a senior helps to prolong life expectancy. The monarch is likely living a long, fruitful life thanks to a combination of good genes and a lifelong job.
Next: She doesn’t have to follow in her husband’s footsteps.
11. It doesn’t matter that Prince Philip retired
People began speculating that Queen Elizabeth II would follow her husband into retirement, which is what started the whole abdication conversation in the first place. However, there’s no reason to believe that the Queen wants to retire with her spouse. Prince Philip officially retired in May of 2018.
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12. Prince Philip’s retirement made the monarchy exciting again
In case anyone thought that Prince Philip’s retirement meant the end of the British monarchy, they were quickly proven wrong as the opposite came true. Now that Prince Philip is out of the spotlight, Queen Elizabeth II’s sons and grandsons have started attending events with the Queen, which puts an exciting and younger spin on the whole monarchy.
Next: This proves she’s mentally capable to rule.
13. She’s great at delegating
It would be one thing if the Queen was still trying to do everything herself. But she appears to know her limits and has already been delegating tasks to her children and grandchildren for years. Abdicating the throne is wholly unnecessary if she continues to dole out responsibilities in such a wise and logical fashion.
Next: The government expects her to die as queen.
14. The government is preparing for her death – as queen
In the summer of 2018, the government rehearsed for the Queen’s death day, which has the code name London Bridge. Sound morbid? It’s just realistic, especially when you’re talking about a person older than 90. But during the rehearsal, it was clear that the queen would still be reigning monarch when she passed.
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15. She likes being queen
Ruling as monarch is one stressful job that almost no one will ever fully understand. But even though the position has its ups and downs, the fact remains: Queen Elizabeth II is quite good at it. And being good at something usually leads to liking it. The Queen will most likely never retire because she just doesn’t want to.