‘Unthinkable!’ Queen won’t abdicate throne and will ‘carry on until her life is over’

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Her Majesty is mourning the death of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99 last Friday. Philip’s funeral is taking place at Windsor Castle on Saturday, which will see all immediate members of the Royal Family in attendance, who will do their best to support the monarch as best as possible during these difficult times. Following the death of her husband of 73 years, the Queen described the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh as “having left a huge void in her life”, according to her son Prince Andrew.

Her Majesty, who will turn 95-years-old on Thursday, is by far the longest-serving state leader in the world, and there has been continued speculation over whether she may step down early from the role.

The Queen’s eldest son, Prince Charles, is next in line to the throne and is the longest-serving heir apparent to the British throne, having held the role for more than 68 years.

There had been fears the Queen could abdicate due to the huge impact of the death of Philip, but Conservative MP and Royal Family enthusiast Andrew Rosindell has dismissed this possibility.

He told Express.co.uk: “I’m certain the death of Prince Philip will affect her but I’m also sure she will come through this and will not change her duty to the country.

“I can’t see the Queen abdicating the throne and I don’t think it should happen.

“I don’t think anyone should even suggest it because the idea the Queen would give up her role is unthinkable.

“She has dedicated her life to serving the country and the Commonwealth.

“There is absolutely no way the Queen should relinquish that role and will carry on until her life is over.

“If you have a monarchy, that’s what should happen otherwise if you don’t carry on until the end, then it’s almost a short-term job rather than a lifelong commitment.

“The Queen has made that lifelong commitment and I can’t see her doing anything other than carrying on in that role.”

In 1947 on her 21st birthday, the Queen notably pledged her life to the Commonwealth and described her role as a “job for life”.

She said during a tour of South Africa that year: “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.”

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Mr Rosindell said, “everyone is concerned for the Queen” as Her Majesty and Prince Philip were so close during the 73 years they were married and admitted his death will have a “huge impact” on her.

But the Conservative MP has backed the Queen, whom he described as a “strong person”, to get through this difficult time and continue with her duties as head of the monarchy.

He added: “Everyone is concerned for the Queen – she has relied on him and been with him for 73 years.

“For him to be suddenly gone, must have a huge impact on her.

“She will have people rallying around and supporting her to ensure she can carry on with her duties because we need her so much.

“I remember when the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret died, and they died pretty soon after each other, the Queen is used to grief, especially when you remember her father died when she was young as well.

“She will cope, she’s a strong person, she will get through this and her family will rally behind her.”

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