Queen panic: Palace desperate to ‘squash’ abdication claims amid fears monarch will quit

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Speaking on the Royally Obsessed podcast to host Rachel Bowie, co-host Roberta Fiorito claimed Buckingham Palace has been trying really hard to “squash” recent rumours over Queen Elizabeth II’s intention to abdicate in 2021 as she reaches the age of 95. Ms Fiorito claimed sources close to the monarch have suggested the Queen finds the word abdication “dirty” as she added: “I think they really wanted to squash these rumours going around recently that she would retire next year.

“A lot of people were saying that at the age of 95 she would retire and hand it over to Prince Charles.

“But actually a lot of sources close to the Queen have said that she thinks that the word abdicate is a dirty word and that she would never leave her post until she dies.

“I think that because of the Duke of Windsor and how that played out when she was younger she’s really against giving up the throne before her death.

“I wonder what Charles’s take is on this because he’s waited for so long to know that his mum is still going to be on the throne in 2022, I’m not sure what he would think.”

It comes as the Queen and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, marked their 73rd wedding anniversary by releasing a photograph showing them opening a card from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children.

The colourful homemade gift was created by Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and is emblazoned with the number 73 – that pops out from the front of the card.

In the touching image, the Queen and Duke are sat on a sofa in Windsor Castle’s Oak Room and appear to be reading the card’s message from George, a future king, and his siblings.

The picture, taken by Chris Jackson from Getty Images, also shows a small pile of anniversary cards and letters sent by well-wishers on a nearby table.

The monarch, 94, was a 21-year-old princess when she married the dashing Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey on November 20 1947.

Their enduring relationship has lasted the longest of any British sovereign and Philip has been at the Queen’s side throughout the decades, supporting her as she devotes herself to her role as head of state.

The Queen and the duke, who has retired from public duties, are spending the lockdown in England isolating at Windsor Castle, and anniversary celebrations are expected to be low-key.

There is no traditional gift, jewel or colour associated with 73rd wedding anniversaries in the UK.

In the new photograph, the Queen is wearing a pale blue double wool crepe dress by Stewart Parvin and a chrysanthemum brooch made from sapphires and diamonds set in platinum, while Philip wears a blazer, shirt, tie and trousers.

The head of state, when Princess Elizabeth, was photographed wearing the brooch in images taken on her honeymoon at Broadlands in Hampshire, and again in pictures released to mark the Queen and duke’s 60th wedding anniversary in 2007.

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The past year has been a tumultuous one for the nation, with people learning to live with coronavirus that has had a profound impact on all aspects of society.

Royal events moved online during the first national lockdown, with the Queen holding virtual engagements via video calls and meetings by phone.

In the spring, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as working royals for financial freedom and now live in California after signing a lucrative Netflix deal and appear poised to announce projects through their charitable body Archewell.

Philip celebrated his 99th birthday on June 10 and a joint portrait with the Queen was released to mark the milestone.

The Queen and the Duke have also just celebrated the 72nd birthday of their eldest child, the Prince of Wales.

During the summer the Queen’s consort made a rare public appearance when he stepped down as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles and the Duchess of Cornwall took up the role.

Their long union is seen as a key source of stability within the monarchy.

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