Queen abdication: Monarch will ‘never’ step aside – will carry out duties ‘until the end’

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Grant Harrold, who worked as Prince Charles’s butler for seven years, has dismissed speculation the Queen could abdicate and insisted she will continue to serve her country “until the end of her life”. It comes after a new poll suggested more than 40 percent of Britons believe the 94-year-old should step aside before death.

But, Mr Harrold expects the Queen to keep her promise she made on her 21st birthday.

Princess Elizabeth vowed to serve her country for her “whole life” during a speech in Cape Town on April 21, 1947.

Grant Harrold told Express.co.uk: “Knowing the Queen and her duty, abdication is something we will never see her undertake as she vowed on her 21st Birthday.

“She will see the job completed right through until the end of her life.”

Earlier this week, a Deltapoll survey of 1,590 UK adults suggested 41 percent of Britons believe the Queen should remain as head of state until she dies.

The results indicated 48 percent of people think the 94-year-old should abdicate before she passes away.

The figures broken down suggested 27 percent believed she should step down while she is in good health.

The other 21 people said the Queen should abdicated only if she if not in good health.

The remaining 11 percent of the survey, conducted from March 31 to April 1, said they did not know.

The Queen became the UK’s longest-serving monarch on September 9, 2015.

She broke the previous record of 63 years, seven months and two days set by Queen Victoria.

Prince Charles became heir apparent at the tender age of three when his mother, acceded to the throne following the death of her father King George VI on February 6, 1952.

The Prince of Wales is now the longest-ever waiting heir.

In 2011, Charles broke the previous record of 59 years, two months and 13 days, set by his great-great-grandfather, King Edward VII.

Only once in British history has a monarch abdicated – King Edward VIII in 1936.

Charles may be next-in-line to the throne, but a poll has suggested many Britons do not want him to become King.

The Deltapoll also found Prince William holds a 20-point lead over his father.

The survey found 47 percent of people want the Duke of Cambridge to succeed his grandmother.

Just 27 percent favoured Charles to take over at the helm.

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