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Queen Elizabeth will “fade away gracefully” from her royal duties following the death of Prince Philip, a royal expert has said.
The Queen turned 95 last week, four days after the funeral of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on 9 April age 99.
And now, as she approaches the 70th year of her reign in June next year, the monarch is predicted to be set to allow Prince Charles and Prince William to take on more responsibility.
Peter Hunt, who is a former royal correspondent for the BBC, told New York Times: “Fundamentally, the Queen will fade away gracefully.
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“Covid has helped in the sense that it has accelerated what any sensible 95-year-old woman would want to do, which is not stand on your feet all day long.”
He added that while the Queen has returned to work following her husband's death, she is unlikely to return to her hectic schedule of busy meetings, garden parties and receptions, and may only go to Buckingham Palace two days a week for meetings.
The Queen, who recently sent a heartfelt message to Prince Louis as he turned three, is predicted to spend most of her time at Windsor Castle, where her husband was laid to rest in a funeral watched around the globe earlier this month.
But, according to the publication, Peter Hunt noted that the Royal Family “rarely telegraphs such moments”.
A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace branded the royal expert’s predictions as “speculation” when contacted by OK! online.
The Queen, who is said to have met with Prince Harry “at least twice” while he was in the UK, has conducted many of her meetings via video call over the last year, as she and Prince Philip shielded from the coronavirus due to their age.
Prince Harry recently revealed the Queen knows how to use Zoom during a chat with James Corden on The Late Late Show.
Comedian James, 42, asked the Duke of Sussex: “Does the Queen know how to use a Zoom?”
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Harry explained: “Yes, both my grandparents do,” before he added: “We’ve Zoomed them a few times, they’ve seen Archie running around. But my grandfather, instead of pressing ‘leave meeting’, he just goes ‘doof’ [mimics shutting the laptop]. I’m like, okay, bye…” as he laughed.
If the Queen were to step back from her royal duties, Prince Charles and Prince William are said to be prepared as it was recently revealed The Queen coached Prince William to be King with weekly mentoring sessions since he was a child.
Katie Nicholl, author of Kate: The Future Queen said: “The Queen plays a very special dual role in William’s life.
“She is his sovereign, but also a very loving grandmother who wants to prepare him for the future.”
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