Queen will not give up duties says Angela Levin
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The Queen is reportedly committed to “carry on working” despite her old age and recent ill health, due to her determination to “serve until she dies”. According to a royal commentator, the 95-year-old monarch is “haunted” by the abdication crisis of 1936, which caused a period of instability for the British monarchy and placed her father, King George VI, on the throne. The Queen is currently resting at Windsor Castle after being admitted for an overnight stay at hospital on Wednesday.
Royal commentator Richard Eden said: “It’s wonderful that we have a monarch that’s prepared to work so hard, carry on working until she’s 95.
“I mean in this country generally, people retire 30 years earlier than that so it’s an incredible feat.
“I just think after a lifetime of service, we ought to say to the Queen ‘you can retire, feel free to retire’, I mean we’ve got two Popes at the moment, Pope Benedict retired.
“It can be done, I think she feels such a strong pledge that she made to the nation, she’s haunted by the 1936 abdication and she is determined to serve until she dies.
“I don’t think there’s any need for that, the Royal Family won’t collapse if she retires and hands over.
Offering his own opinion on the line of succession, Richard Eden said: “Personally, I would rather that Prince Charles then abdicates in favour of his son, and we start afresh with King William.”
The abdication crisis of 1936 had a deep and long-lasting impact on the monarchy, after King Edward VIII decided to step down from the throne in order to marry his mistress, Wallis Simpson.
After ascending to the throne in January 1936, it became clear to Edward VIII, later known as the Duke of Windsor, that he would be unable to marry his long-term partner, who was a two-time American divorcee.
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As Head of the Church of England, the monarch was unable to marry a divorced person, as their marriage would not have been recognised by the Church.
Following opposition from Parliament, the Palace and the public, King Edward VIII announced his abdication in December, leaving the throne to his younger brother, the Queen’s father.
At the time, the Queen was 11 years old and witnessed the impact the constitutional crisis had on both the Royal Family’s reputation and her father’s health.
She eventually became Queen in 1952 and is due to celebrate seven decades on the throne next June.
On Wednesday, she was forced to cancel a two-day tour of Northern Ireland due to ill health, as she “reluctantly” accepted medical advice to rest.
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Yesterday evening, Buckingham Palace released a statement to say: “Following medical advice to rest for a few days, the Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today, and remains in good spirits.”
She had travelled to King Edward VII’s Hospital in Marylebone by car, and her overnight stay was reportedly for practical reasons.
It is the first time the Queen has stayed at hospital since 2013, when she was treated for symptoms of gastroenteritis.
Since returning from her summer break at Balmoral, Her Majesty has led a busy schedule, and has recently travelled to Cardiff and Edinburgh and has hosted a reception for business leaders at Windsor Castle.
Next month, she is expected to travel to Glasgow for the COP26 climate summit and will be attending a number of engagements in the coming months to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.
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