Queen Elizabeth Reportedly Will Not Listen to Anyone Who Tells Her to Abdicate: ‘Very Difficult Conversation to Have’

Queen Elizabeth II is currently 95 years old. Although she is way past the age when many people would retire, Her Majesty still insists on working. In fact, according to a royal author, the queen reportedly does not want to listen to anyone who tells her to abdicate.

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Queen Elizabeth recently had a health scare

On Oct. 20, Queen Elizabeth spent some time in a hospital and had to cancel a trip to Northern Ireland. A spokesperson from Buckingham Palace said in a statement (via CNN), “Following medical advice to rest for a few days, The Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today, and remains in good spirits.”

The palace released another statement on Oct. 29. This one revealed that the queen’s doctor had advised her to “continue to rest for at least the next two weeks” and “undertake light, desk-based duties.”

No information has been shared about the specifics of her health condition.

Queen Elizabeth reportedly will not listen to advice to abdicate

There is a lot of talk about Queen Elizabeth abdicating. However, according to royal biographer Penny Junor, the queen might not even entertain the idea, even if it comes from Prince Charles, who is next in line for the throne.

“I think it would be very difficult for Charles to talk to her about this,” Junor told The Daily Beast. “She is really, really against abdication. She grew up believing it to be the absolute bogey man. There is a mental resistance to it.”

Junor added, “He does do a lot already, but I do think the time maybe has come for Charles to be given more of a role. But that’s a very difficult conversation to have, and it’s doubtful if there is anyone who could have that conversation with her without her replying, ‘Nonsense.’”

The outlet also pointed out that, Her Majesty told the public in an address on her 21st birthday that she would be of service to people for the rest of her life.

“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,” the then-Princess Elizabeth said.

Queen Elizabeth attended COP26 via a video message


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Queen Elizabeth was supposed to attend COP26, a United Nations summit dedicated to environmentalism. However, because of her health condition, Her Majesty is staying put in London. Nonetheless, she did share a video message with other world leaders attending COP26.

“I’m delighted to welcome you all to the 26th United Nations climate change conference,” she said. “And it is perhaps fitting that you have come together in Glasgow, once heartland of the industrial revolution, but now a place to address climate change.”

The queen urged the participants to put aside their differences to make the world a better place.

“I, for one, hope that this conference will be one of those rare occasions where everyone will have the chance to rise above the politics of the moment, and achieve true statesmanship,” Her Majesty said. “It is the hope of many that the legacy of this summit—written in history books yet to be printed—will describe you as the leaders who did not pass up the opportunity, and that you answered the call of those future generations.”