Royal POLL: Should Prince Charles take on more duties as Queen recovers from health scare?
Just hours before the National Festival of Remembrance on Sunday, the Queen was forced to cancel her attendance due to a sprained back. It was just the seventh time, since Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953, that she misses a Remembrance Sunday service.
The news came after Her Majesty’s ill-health caused her to cancel a string of formal engagements since October 20, almost four weeks ago.
Royal expert Jennie Bond told the BBC that plans around the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are being closely examined in the wake of the Monarch’s recent health concerns.
She said: “The priority has got to be obviously the Queen’s health and the Queen’s safety.
“I think what we’re seeing now is a gradual transition of responsibility from the Queen to Prince Charles, Prince William, and other senior members of the royal family.
“They are taking on more responsibilities and therefore will be at the forefront of celebrations and the Queen will pop up here and there for the big days themselves.”
Ms Bond emphasised that technology such as video calling will enable the Queen to continue her duties, working more comfortably from home.
Royal journalist and expert, Dickie Arbiter, said: “Anybody who decides to tell the Queen ‘You’ve got to step back, you can’t rule anymore’ is really fighting with fire.”
Royal historian Hugo Vickers insisted earlier this year that the Queen will never retire, and certainly won’t step aside from royal duties before the Platinum Jubilee in 2022, celebrating the 70th year of Queen Elizabeth’s reign.
He said: “One main reason why the Queen will absolutely not abdicate is unlike other European monarchs, she is an anointed Queen, and if you are an anointed Queen, you do not abdicate.
“It would be completely illogical to abdicate just before that extraordinary anniversary, it’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate, and I would hope she would be feeling up to that.”