Royal Insider Reveals Exactly When Queen Elizabeth Plans to Step Down and Let Prince Charles Take the Throne

There will come a day when Prince Charles replaces Queen Elizabeth at the head of the monarchy and become the King of England. With Her Majesty now in her 90s, Prince Charles could inherit the throne at any moment. But a royal insider believes he knows exactly when Queen Elizabeth will abdicate in favor of her son — and it’s sooner than you might think.

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When will Queen Elizabeth steo down?

Queen Elizabeth has always maintained that she will not step aside from her royal duties until her final breath. But now that Her Majesty has been on the throne for 65 years, royal expert Phil Dampier believes that it’s only a matter of time before her retirement.

“There is talks that when she reaches 95 in a couple of years she may slow down and possibly the Regency Act will be brought in,” Dampier shared.

When that happens, Elizabeth will still be at the head of the monarchy, but Prince Charles will assume the majority of her duties.

This could be why Prince Charles has been taking on more responsibilities in recent years, including an appearance at the Parliament and the Commonwealth conference this year, where he sat by Her Majesty as she addressed government officials.

Queen Elizabeth, of course, has slowed down a touch over the past few years but she still holds a very busy schedule throughout the year, which is very impressive for a 93-year-old.

Prince Charles and Princess Anne have increased their work this year as well and have even surpassed what they originally set out to do. If Dampier is right and Elizabeth is thinking about stepping out of the spotlight, then she would activate the Regency Act in April of 2021.

What happens in the event of the Regency Act?

According to Express, the Regency Act outlines a process of replacing the monarch with a regent when he or she can no longer complete their royal duties. In order to move forward with the act, three people must agree. This includes the Speaker of House of Commons, the Chancellor, and Prince Philip.

If that happens, then Prince Charles would assume the position at the head of the monarchy while Prince Philip would look after Queen Elizabeth. Her Majesty would still technically be the Queen of England, but Prince Charles would be doing all the work.

Small steps have already been taken as part of the regency process. This includes Prince Charles taking on more duties while Queen Elizabeth lightens her workload.

These changes are expected to continue over the next two years. And when Queen Elizabeth turns 95 years old, the Regency Act will kick into gear.  That said, Her Majesty still has zero intentions of resigning before her death, so royal fans should not expect a coronation before that happens.

When Prince Charles does take the throne, there is some speculation that he will adopt one of his middle names for his title. Royal experts say that Prince Charles will most likely become King George VII, which would be a fitting tribute to his grandparents.

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The royal family has not said anything about Queen Elizabeth moving forward with the Regency Act.

In the event that Prince Charles assumes his place on the throne, his son, Prince William, will likely receive a new title as the Prince of Wales.

When that happens, Prince William will take over his father’s post at the Duchy of Cornwall. Prince Charles has grown the estate into a billion-dollar industry that funds a good chunk of the royal family’s expenses.

Last year, for example, the estate earned well over $20 million. That number is expected to increase in the coming years, and Prince William is already getting ready to take over the family business. The Duke of Cambridge, who shares three children with Kate Middleton, will someday sit on the throne as the King of England. But he still has a long way to wait until that happens.

Prince Charles has not commented on the regency rumors or when Queen Elizabeth is planning on stepping aside. The Prince of Wales has waited longer than anyone in British history to sit on the throne and is currently 70 years old. He will turn 71 next month.