The newly widowed Queen will find it ‘difficult’ without the support she relied on during 73 years of marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh, but royal watchers have dismissed any speculation that she might consider stepping down.
Former Prime Minister Sir John Major admitted that his position as monarch was “a very lonely position”. He told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show: “There are a limited number of people who she can really open her heart to, who she can really talk to in a frank manner, who she can say things that would be reported. by other people and thought to be reckless.
She could “unload” on Philip. When faced with “a sea of problems”, or when you feel overwhelmed and have to share the decision-making, you need someone to understand, “someone who can metaphorically – or in the case of the prince Philip, I think, probably literally – put your arms around you and say, “It’s not as bad as you think,” says Major, who the Queen has bestowed the honor of Garter Knight on.
Speculation about Philip’s death precipitating an abdication is unlikely to be confirmed, royal experts say. “One of the main reasons the Queen will absolutely not abdicate is, unlike other European monarchs, she is an anointed queen,” royal historian Hugo Vickers told The Guardian, referring to the pact she made. concluded with God at his coronation. “And if you’re an anointed queen, you don’t abdicate. “
If she was unable to fulfill her constitutional duties, a regent could be appointed, as happened with George III. She is also celebrating her platinum jubilee next year. “It would be totally illogical to abdicate just before this extraordinary anniversary,” he said. “It’s a wonderful occasion to celebrate. And I hope she would feel up to it; a little time would have passed.
“We need the Queen, with her vast experience. And she is still perfectly fine. She always rides, and very busy in the center of it all, her office is always booming. She can’t go out a lot right now, but she does from time to time. She looks gorgeous, so no abdication.
The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge have done much of the heavy lifting of royal engagements in recent years. Since Philip retired from public life in 2017, the Queen has relied on her son and grandson. “It’s nice to think that she has a very supportive royal family, and that’s what they’re here for,” Vickers said. “And they’re going to help him now. They will rise to the occasion. ”
Joe Little, editor of Majesty Magazine, said: “I still believe that while the loss of Prince Philip is devastating for her personally, I don’t think it will impact her role as monarch. I suspect this will continue to roughly the same as in the past few years.
“Obviously it’s a weird moment right now because of Covid, and we’ve seen it a lot less than we could have otherwise. But, I think that despite the fact that she is now a widow, and that she will soon be 95, it will still be business as usual.
“There has already been a transfer of some responsibilities, notably to the Prince of Wales in recent years, and it is clear that this will continue. But as a monarch, she will continue as long as she is physically and mentally able to do so.
“I think it’s in his DNA. This goes back not only to her 1947 speech in South Africa but more specifically to the oath she took at the coronation. She is a committed Christian. It’s the contract she made with God, and I think something that she thinks can’t be broken. This is how she is.