THE QUEEN has been “handing more” royal duties over to Princes Charles and William but has no plans of stepping down as head of state, a royal expert has claimed. The Queen, 95, became the longest-reigning British monarch in 2015 as she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother Victoria. She is set to celebrate 70 years of service this summer. Royal expert Jonathan Sacerdoti said the monarch has been handing over more duties as she gets older.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Sacerdoti said: “I think that she is handing more over, not just to Charles but also to William and other members of the Royal Family. “They’re stepping up to the plate ot support her and help her but without her needing to step down or away from the role. “I think they’re making an excellent job of that at the moment.
“I think we’re seeing that tested and I think it’s passing that test.”Royal expert Angela Levin has claimed Prince Charles “knows” his mother will not abdicate the throne early for him unless she “feels her mind not working sharply”. Speaking to GB News, Ms Levin said: “I think Charles knows. “This is what she promised in her early 20s when she became the monarch and she’s very religious.
“She asked God to help her and I don’t think she’ll want to cross that path. “But I also imagine she’s got a lot of common sense and if she’s then ill or she feels that her mind is not working sharply as it still is, she might do something.
“She’s given Prince Charles a lot of extra obligations to fulfill for her which is quite right and he’s accepted them quite well as have other members of the Royal Family.”
Royal editor Robert Jobson recently explained how the Prince of Wales has been doing a lot of the heavy lifting the past few years as the Queen can’t be expected “to continue at the same pace”. Speaking to Sky News, Mr Jobson said: “He is certainly the longest-serving heir to the throne. “I’m sure he will continue to do so if the Queen wants to continue in that role.
“I’m sure there is enough scope if she wanted to step aside for him to become Prince regent and that she can enjoy her retirement like the Duke of Edinburgh has from the age of 96 if she wants to. “But otherwise in the Prince of Wales’ transition over the past 10 to 15 years, he has been taking on more of the responsibilities of the Queen.
“He does most of the heavy lifting in terms of long haul flights representing the Queen and is supported by Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge as well. “I think there has been a transition and you can’t expect Her Majesty to continue at the same pace as she has the last 86 years.
“Whether there is a formal handing over of that executive power in terms of a regency is still up in the air but the Prince of Wales will obviously continue to do more and more.”