Did Queen Elizabeth Just Allow Prince Charles to Get Closer to the Throne?

Queen Elizabeth has ruled England for decades and is now the world’s longest-reigning monarch. She is beloved by people all over the world and looked to as a symbol for women’s empowerment.

Prince Charles, her eldest son, has long been poised to take over for her when she is no longer queen. Recently, the queen proved that she is feeling more comfortable than ever with him assuming control of her kingdom. It appears Prince Charles has prepared to become king and Queen Elizabeth is prepping her son for the major moment.

Prince Charles has grown up preparing to be king

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Prince Charles was born in 1948, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip. As a child, Prince Charles was educated in the very best schools and raised with an awareness of the huge responsibility that lay on his shoulders.

In the 1970s, the young prince earned a reputation as a bit of a playboy and was the most eligible bachelor in England. He married Princess Diana in 1981, and even though their wedding seemed like a fairy tale come to life, their marriage was tainted by Prince Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. His reputation suffered a great deal because of his affair, and during the mid to late nineties, his popularity dipped to new lows.

In spite of the negative press that he has received during the course of his life, Prince Charles has done a great deal of good for the world. He is a sponsor and patron of many charities and works hard on behalf of the causes that he cares deeply about, including environmental causes. Personally, Prince Charles is a fan of architecture and has been happily married to Parker Bowles, his second wife, since 2005.

Queen Elizabeth has been letting Prince Charles take the lead

While Prince Charles has undoubtedly been preparing to become king for his entire life, in the past couple years, he’s really been stepping up the preparations. Queen Elizabeth has also slowly stepped away from her extensive list of duties so that Prince Charles can take the lead on various projects.

Recently, it was reported that it will be Prince Charles — and not Queen Elizabeth, as expected — who will travel to the Netherlands in order to honor the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem. This is a major event within the royal family and the fact that Queen Elizabeth is allowing her son to make the journey and represent her at such a momentous occasion points to the fact that she trusts him with serious royal appointments.

It seems as though she understands that the time is coming when he will have to take over for her, for good.

When will Prince Charles become king?

Sources state that Queen Elizabeth has no plans of retiring from the throne, as some fans have speculated. The 93-year old monarch is still as healthy and fit as ever and seems to have every intention of fulfilling her duties for as long as humanly possible. 

Still, if there’s one trait that defines Prince Charles, it is patience. The prince is now 70 years old and has waited decades for the chance to assume the throne. Whether it happens next year or five years from now, Prince Charles will surely be more than ready for the responsibility.

In addition, there’s no doubt that he’s enjoying life as a father and grandfather, with his beloved wife, Parker Bowles, by his side.