Queen Elizabeth Isn’t Slowing Down and Will Work More Than Ever When She Returns to Royal Duties, According to Palace Aides
Most people work throughout their lives and then retire at a certain age, but Queen Elizabeth II is not one of those people. The monarch has been on the throne for more than 65 years and has no plans to step down. In fact, it’s believed that we’re going to see even more of her once she is given the green light to return to royal duties.
Read on to find out why the 94-year-old queen isn’t slowing down anytime soon and has no plans to retire.
How Queen Elizabeth has been keeping busy during lockdown
On March 19, Queen Elizabeth released a statement that she and her husband, Prince Philip, were in quarantine amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, England.
During the lockdown, the monarch is staying busy speaking to family members via video chat and keeping up on the current events by going through the newspapers. Palace aides told royal expert and Vanity Fair correspondent Katie Nicholl that the queen has been riding her horses every day to remain active and working remotely as well.
“She is still receiving her red Government boxes and having her weekly audience with the PM,” an aide revealed. “She is very much fulfilling her duties as head of state.”
The queen will be working even ‘harder’ than before
The sources also said that we can expect to see the royal family matriarch working more frequently and harder once it is safe for her to perform duties and attend engagements again.
“She can’t be seen to be going against official government advice, but it’s fair to say she’s looking forward to getting back to normal,” one royal source explained. “It’s a delicate line but I think we will see her doing private audiences again and more of the work we are used to seeing her do in public at some point in the future.”
Another source agreed and debunked previous reports that the queen was slowing down and prepared to do fewer appearances once the lockdown is lifted.
“The idea that we won’t see the queen in public again is certainly not the case,” the insider insisted. “The queen is planning to come back to work and when she does I think we’ll see her work harder than ever.”
Why she won’t retire and allow Prince Charles to take over
There are a number of reasons why the queen won’t retire and hand the reigns over to Prince Charles while she’s still alive.
Monarchs don’t just abdicate due to old age. Clarence House even confirmed that she won’t be stepping down because of her advanced age.
“There are no plans for any change in arrangements at the age of 95 — or any other age,” a statement via USA Today said.
Meaning as long as Queen Elizabeth is in good health and physically able to carry out her royal duties she will.
Moreover, she made a promise to the public on her 21st birthday that she would remain queen throughout her life. Therefore with no logical reason to step aside, she won’t.