1936 Abdication Crisis, Abdication, Archbishop of Canterbury, Coronation Oath, King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, King George VI of the United Kingdom, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Regency, Regent
This is an article floating around the internet…
“The Queen will step down and make her son, Prince Charles, king when she turns 95, a royal expert has claimed.
The Monarch will celebrate her 95th birthday in April, meaning we could see a change very soon if biographer and commentator Robert Jobson is correct.
Speaking on True Royalty’s Royal Beat programme, Jobson explains: “I still firmly believe when the Queen becomes 95, that she will step down.”
Royal reporter Jack Royston agreed, but said it will be a difficult decision for the Monarch, who has been on the throne since February 1952.”
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These types of predictions occur from time to time and I have to shake my head everytime I read these predictions because they never come true and in my opinion they never will.
The last time a British monarch voluntarily abdicated the throne was in 1936 when King Edward VIII abdicated to marry the woman he loved, the American socialite Wallis Simpson.
King George V had severe reservations about Prince Edward, saying “After I am dead, the boy will ruin himself in twelve months” and “I pray God that my eldest son will never marry and that nothing will come between Bertie and Lilibet and the throne.” On 20 January 1936, George V died and Edward ascended the throne as King Edward VIII. In the Vigil of the Princes, Prince Albert and his three brothers (the new king, Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, and Prince George, Duke of Kent) took a shift standing guard over their father’s body as it lay in state, in a closed casket, in Westminster Hall.
As Edward was unmarried and had no children, Albert was the heir presumptive to the throne. Less than a year later, on December 11, 1936, Edward abdicated in order to marry his mistress, Wallis Simpson, who was divorced from her first husband and divorcing her second. Edward had been advised by British prime minister Stanley Baldwin that he could not remain king and marry a divorced woman with two living ex-husbands. Edward VIII abdicated and this placed the Queen’s father on the throne as King George VI Who became the third monarch of the House of Windsor.
This was a position he was reluctant to accept. The day before the abdication, he went to London to see his mother, Queen Mary. He wrote in his diary, “When I told her what had happened, I broke down and sobbed like a child.
The abdication was a traumatic and stressful event for the new king and his immediate family. Across Britain gossip spread that Albert was physically and psychologically incapable of handling the kingship. He worried about that himself. No evidence has been found to support the rumour that the government considered bypassing him in favour of his scandal-ridden younger brother, George.
The Queen does not intend to abdicate, though Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, is expected to take on more of her duties as Elizabeth, who celebrated her 94th birthday in 2020, carries out fewer public engagements.
This will be the continuing trend that the Prince of Wales will take on more and more duties. If the Queen becomes incapacitated and incapable of performing her duties Parliament would establish the Prince of Wales as regent which would effectively make him king in everything but name.
The Queen is dedicated to her duties and takes her coronation oath. During her coronation the Archbishop of Canterbury asked her:
Will you to your power cause Law and Justice, in Mercy, to be executed in all your judgements?
Queen answered: I will.
Archbishop. Will you to the utmost of your power maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel? Will you to the utmost of your power maintain in the United Kingdom the Protestant Reformed Religion established by law? Will you maintain and preserve inviolably the settlement of the Church of England, and the doctrine, worship, discipline, and government thereof, as by law established in England? And will you preserve unto the Bishops and Clergy of England, and to the Churches there committed to their charge, all such rights and privileges, as by law do or shall appertain to them or any of them?
Queen. All this I promise to do.
The Queen is dedicated to her duties and although the Prince of Wales will more than likely increase taking over some of his mother’s duties In the future but the Queen will not abdicate.
Lisa B said:
I’ve read that too. I also read, may be just gossip, that when someone once asked the Queen if she would abdicate in favor of Charles at a certain age, she replied. “This isn’t the Netherlands.” Meaning that Juliana had abdicated for her daughter Beatrix as her grandmother Wilhelmina had abdicated for Juliana. You see it happening in other monarchies such as Spain, however that may be because Juan Carlos was scandal ridden with the mistress and the safari trip and the very poor state of the economy at the time. Also, Beatrix has abdicated for her son and is now known as Princess Beatrix. A very odd state of affairs. I do think Charles will take on more duties as the Queen ages and will be supported by William, Catherine, Ann, Edward and Sophie. Forget Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Netflix.
Janice Beach said:
As an American, I just like the idea of passing the crown to Prince William, getting the idea of monarchy into a new generation of the royal family. Never was excited about Prince Charles.
It would take an Act of Parliament to remove or bypass the Prince of Wales from the succession. I think that is unlikely though.
Joanna Whitby said:
It will not happen….Charles will be King though Brief…Under 20 years LOL……William will be King eventually and what a King he will be…..I predict great things for socail progress and the United Kingdom under William.
Colin Whitby said:
Could it get any better than Elizabeth though….who guided this country through tons of PMs over many years…. learning from the earliest ones to teaching the later ones….What a great Queen she was…..And yet at the end of the day she is just a person like all of us….Learning and growing…..but with such a hard work ethic and total devotion to duty……That is it totally. She was queen the day I was born till now and I am 56 now…..Wow….How many times has that happened to a generation of folks?