THE TRANSITION from the Queen stepping down to Prince Charles taking over as “King” is already “starting”, a Royal source has revealed to Daily Star Online.
Her Majesty held formal talks at Balmoral Castle in August with Prince Charles and other senior Palace figures, following another meeting at Buckingham Palace in July, a Royal source has claimed.
The discussions were held after the Queen was said to have decided that if she is still on the throne at the age of 95, she will request the Regency Act comes into force.
This legislation – only ever used by the monarchy once before – would see Charles become a Prince Regent and be King in all but name.
The Royal source told Daily Star Online: “The changes are starting, and although they are small changes, more will follow.
“Her Majesty will never resign, though. She will be on the throne to her last breath.
“But with the Regency act and meetings that have taken place recently, when Her Majesty gets to 95 then (the Regency Act 1937) will be brought in through Parliament.
“This means Prince Charles will become Prince Regent while Her Majesty is still Queen, but her workload scales right back to limited engagements.”
But Palace insiders refused to be drawn to comment on the matter, only speaking to refer to the pledge the Queen made on her 21st birthday.
She said in this pledge: “I declare… that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.”
Yet the Royal source said: “They made comments to say there are no plans right now, but they said that to calm everything down.
“That is the plan (to make Prince Charles a Regent).”
When Daily Star Online put the questions to Clarence House, a spokeswoman said: “On the record we are not commenting.”
Meanwhile a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “We have absolutely no comment.”
The Regency Act 1937, which Palace staff have reportedly been told to “get up to speed” on, means the monarch can relinquish power to the heir “in the event of incapacity of the sovereign through illness, and for the performance of certain royal functions in the name and on behalf of the sovereign in certain other events”.
The monarch’s duties can be carried out by a regent if it is put into writing that the royal is incapable of carrying out royal functions by three or more of sovereign consorts, the lord chancellor, the speaker of the House of commons or the master of the rolls.
The last time Great Britain saw a Regency was from 1811 to 1820, when King George III’s mental illness left him unable to carry out his duties.
His son, the future King George IV, was therefore given his father’s powers under the Regency Act.
Source: Daily Star