Queen: 'Once she's gone the monarchy has too' says Smith
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Queen Elizabeth II has held the throne for nearly 70 years. It makes her the longest-reigning UK monarch in history, surpassing even Queen Victoria. This month marks her 95th birthday and a flood of claims by royal biographers suggesting it could mark her stepping down as Head of State.
Yet, neither she nor Buckingham Palace have made any mention of this.
And while some believe Her Majesty will keep the throne for years to come, suggesting she will live past 100, others claim she is all too aware that her reign is coming to an end.
Because of this, Duncan Larcombe said he thinks the Queen may be more generous in dishing out honours when the time is right.
This was, he said, especially true as Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge are ready to celebrate their ten-year wedding anniversary this month.
Mr Larcombe initially said he could not see the monarch bestowing any new titles upon Kate as she did in 2019 to mark her eight years with the Firm.
This is despite the Duchess having proved herself, especially in the face of the various crises to have hit the family in recent times.
However, speaking to OK! Magazine for the release of a special collector’s edition this month, Mr Larcombe said: “But she is conscious of the fact that their status could soon change dramatically – when her own reign comes to an end.
“Whatever she decides, as a Queen and grandmother, she will not let this occasion pass without paying tribute to Kate and William.”
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It will be harder for the Queen to show her gratitude for the pair this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A large gathering or dinner is unlikely.
Something more low-key is instead expected.
When the Queen either passes away or decides to relinquish the throne, her eldest son, Prince Charles, will assume the role.
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In 2011, he became the longest-serving heir apparent in British history.
Clarence House said the previous record, of 59 years, two months and 13 days, was set by his great-great-grandfather, King Edward VII.
Charles became heir apparent at the age of three when Elizabeth ascended the throne on February 6, 1952.
The royal has previously joked about his life-long wait in line.
In 2012, during a film for the Clarence House website, he said: “Impatient? Me? What a thing to suggest! Yes of course I am.
“I’ll run out of time soon.
“I shall have snuffed it if I’m not careful.”
While the Queen will celebrate her real birthday this month, her official birthday isn’t marked until June.
This is a result of the unpredictability of the UK’s weather, as she is joined by other members of the family for the Trooping the Colour parade.
The event, however, will not take place as normal because of the pandemic.
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