British Longest-serving and world’s oldest monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, is making plans to step down from the royal throne reports The Express. It is alleged that the Queen told her inner circle that if she is still on the throne at the age of 95, she will request the Regency Act to come into force.
Clarence House last night made no comment about Plan Regency, although the legislation would grant Charles full power to reign even though the Queen would still be alive.
A senior former member of the household said the Queen was dutiful to her core and wanted to ensure she had done everything she can for her country and her people before she hands over.
The source also added: “Her Majesty is mindful of her age and wants to make sure when the time comes, the transition of the crown is seamless.
“I understand the Queen has given the matter considerable thought and believes that, if she is still alive at 95, she will seriously consider passing the reign to Charles.”
Buckingham Palace staff are said to have been told to get up to speed on the Regency Act in case it is brought into force.
The Queen ascended to the throne in 1953 and dedicated her life to her role on her 21st birthday in one of her earliest broadcasts.
She said: “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it is long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”
The insider yesterday claimed the Queen wanted the minimum of fuss and stressed that abdication was not even a consideration.
As she enters her 92nd year, the hard-working Queen still has links to more than 600 charities, military associations, professional bodies and public-service organizations.
She continues to carry out a full programme of engagements from visits to charities and schools, hosting visiting heads of state to leading the nation in remembrance – all supported by other members of the Family.
Prince Charles has already stepped up into his mother’s shoes, filling in for the Queen on recent engagements, notably a successful tour to Canada this year to mark the nation’s 150th anniversary.