Queen will serve country ‘until she dies’ amid health concern: ‘Just mortals if retire’

Queen will attend Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday

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Buckingham Palace have confirmed that the Queen will attend the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph. Her Majesty has been resting in recent weeks under doctors’ advice, and pulled out of a trip to Northern Ireland and the COP26 climate summit. The palace said in a statement that the Queen has a “firm intention” to be present at the service, which she has only missed six times in 70 years.

The statement added: “Mindful of her doctors’ recent advice, The Queen has decided not to attend the General Synod Service and Opening Session on Tuesday 16th November.”

The Queen, who lived through World War 2 as a teenager, will view Sunday’s service from the balcony of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office building.

Prince Charles said of his mother that “she’s all right” when asked by a well-wisher how she was doing on Thursday.

Renowned for her robust commitment to serving her country, the Queen has continued to partake in “light, desk-based duties” while resting.

Having been on the throne for more than 69 years, Her Majesty is the longest-reigning British monarch and fourth-longest reigning monarch in world history.

She ascended the throne in February 1952, aged 25, and has dedicated her entire life to royal duty.

In more recent years, however, the power behind the throne has not come from the Queen, according to royal expert Howard Hodgson.

He told Express.co.uk: “The power behind the throne, for a long time now, has been the Prince of Wales and not anyone else.

“The fact is, until maybe ten years ago, the Duke of Edinburgh had a lot of say in these things.

“The Queen has, over the whole period of her lifetime, the reason why she’s been such a successful monarch is because she actually is very compliant to what her advisors want to do.”

Prince Charles and Prince William have done much of the heavy lifting of royal affairs in recent years. Since Prince Philip’s retirement in 2017, and since his death earlier this year, the Queen has had her son and grandson close by for support.

Although many of the responsibilities have been handed over, the Queen will continue as monarch until she dies, Mr Hodgson said.

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He claimed this stems from the famous “the Queen is dead, long live the King!”.

Mr Hodgson continued: “You don’t retire and it just goes down the line. Otherwise you’re just a b***** President or a Prime Minister.”

He added: “They will never change that, they have no concept of ever changing that. The Queen won’t retire, Charles will do the job for her, but she will be Queen until she dies.

“As soon as they break that, they know the monarchy’s dead. They’re just mortals like us if they retire.”

The Queen vowed to devote her entire life to the service of the Crown and Commonwealth in a speech she made in Cape Town when she was 21.

Then-Princess Elizabeth, she said: “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

Royal historian Hugo Vickers cited a pact the Queen made with God during her coronation, saying that all-but confirms she would not abdicate.

He told The Guardian earlier this year: “One main reason why the Queen will absolutely not abdicate is unlike other European monarchs, she is an anointed Queen.

“And if you are an anointed Queen you do not abdicate.”

Mr Vickers said it would be “completely illogical” for the Queen to abdicate shortly before her Platinum Jubilee next year.

The Queen is a committed Christian, and Mr Vickers said the oath she swore at the time of her coronation plays a part in her serving as Queen until she dies.

He said: “That’s the contract she made with God, and I think something she feels can’t be broken. It’s just how she is.”

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