Prince William could step down from being king but his father would not dream of it, says a royal commentator.

According to royal expert Ian Lloyd, there is a chance the Duke of Cambridge could abdicate before he hits old age, something only a handful of UK monarchs have done over the centuries.

When the Queen's reign ends, there will be a host of changes to the Firm and a different approach to service as a monarch could be one of them, Lloyd says.

Future British Kings and Queens may follow the examples set across Europe where monarchs retire at an age they can no longer fully carrying out their duties, the author explained.

Mr Lloyd, however, believes a similar change could be seen from Prince William's reign, as Prince Charles will likely "want to have a bit of time as King".

The author of ' The Duke: 100 Chapters in the Life of Prince Philip ' told Express.co.uk: "Most of the other monarchies in Europe have abdications – for example King Juan Carlos of Spain, Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands and Albert II, the King of Belgium retired.

"The abdication and retirement of monarchs are commonplace in Europe."

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The Queen, he thinks, is very unlikely to ever abdicate, given her commitment to the Crown and famous pledge, The Express reports.

He continued: "Prince Charles would also never do it, he may be 80 by the time he ascends to the throne, and I think he would want to have a bit of time as King.

"I would think in the future Prince William may become the first British monarch of this century to abdicate when he reaches a certain age, because it's better to have a King or Queen coming to the throne at the age of 40 and retire in your 70s when you have good health and can represent the country around the world.

"That may be a change we will see in the future."

While other royal heads of state in Europe are appointed, monarchs of Britain are anointed.

This is because they become not just heads of state of Great Britain and the other overseas realms but also leaders of the Church of England.

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