(SHE KNOWS) It could soon be the end of an era, as new reports claim Queen Elizabeth II plans to retire within 18 months so her son, Prince Charles can assume the throne. Per the U.K.’s Express, Her Majesty is giving “considerable thought” to stepping down sooner rather than later — and definitely, a royal source says, no later than her 95th birthday in two years. So, would she be abdicating the throne? Let’s explore the royal scoop.
In two years, the queen will be the same age her husband, Prince Philip, was when he retired from official duties. Per royal succession rules, she can’t retire without abdication but can cease her royal duties and responsibilities if she feels her health is a concern. Then, if she ever became too sick or weak to carry out her duties, a regent — like her heir, Prince Charles — would step in. However, it seems as though Her Majesty wants to set things into motion before they become complicated by health issues.