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Queen abdication fears: Monarch has ‘NO intention of stepping down’ despite reducing work

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Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams argued the Queen has no intentions of stepping down as monarch and passing it on to her son Prince Charles. During an interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Fitzwilliams said that the Queen is likely to reduce her engagements in a post-Covid world. But also added she remained an important figurehead in the fight against the deadly virus.

Mr Fitzwilliams said: “The Queen has no intention of stepping down.

“It has been announced that when she and Prince Philip leave Balmoral they will go to Sandringham where Prince Philip is in retirement.

“Subsequently the Queen would be based in Windsor as she was before the beginning of the pandemic.”

The royal expert noted that while the Queen does not intend to retire from the throne, she will be having fewer engagements for the future.

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He continued: “But a key point is she will undertake select engagements at Buckingham Palace.

“All of this is subject to be confirmed and all of this is subject to Government advice and what happens in the coming period.

“There is no question that the constant rumours regarding the possibility that the Queen may be handing over responsibilities before it becomes inevitable that she has to.”

Mr Fitzwilliams said that there are special acts that can be used to force the Queen to pass down the thrown but these are unlikely to be used.

He added: “There is a regency act of 1937 which states that, were the Monarch to be incapacitated, it could be used.

“But, at the moment, the Queen is healthy and she is doing a tremendous amount of riding.

“There is no question she is in a pivotal situation as a figure symbolic of national unity at a time where we face the greatest health crisis for a century.”

He closed by praising the Queen for rising to the occasion with her two speeches during the pandemic. 

He said: “The two broadcasts she made about the threat from coronavirus and the other on VE Day were tremendously popular.

“They were beautifully crafted and she is the only head of state that saw service in the second world war who remains.

“She is someone who has a very deep effection among the British people as they know she will never let them down.”

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