Queen told cousin she would only abdicate if she ‘had stroke or got Alzheimer’s’

The Queen holds the titles of the longest-living and longest-reigning monarch in history, dedicating her life to royal duty since the her ascension to the throne in 1952, aged just 25-years-old.

Her incredible achievements have led many royal experts to claims she will never abdicate the throne.

But a biographer has revealed the Queen once told her cousin two circumstances that would force her to step down.

Author Matthew Dennison wrote in his new biography: “In her ninth decade Elizabeth continued to dedicate herself to the same principles.

“She did not contemplate abdication, she told her cousin Margaret Rhodes, ‘unless I get Alzheimer’s or have a stroke’.

“On his retirement as Archbishop of Canterbury in 2003, she explained to George Carey ‘that’s something I can’t do. I’m going to carry on to the end’.”

The consensus among royal experts has been aligned with this sentiment and firmly reinforce that the Queen would never abdicate.

Even after the death of her beloved Prince Philip in April, commentators remained certain Her Majesty will remain monarch until the very end.

Royal historian Hugo Vickers said: “I can assure you the Queen will not abdicate.

“There is every indication the Queen is in extremely good health and with luck she will continue to be our Queen for as long as possible.”

Similarly, royal expert Robert Jobson has dismissed any notion of the Queen abdicating.

He told Express.co.uk: “The Queen will be the Queen until the day she dies in my opinion. Of course she will.”

At 21, the Queen vowed to devote her life to the crown and country and she has served as Monarch for almost seven decades.

In a speech broadcast on the radio from Cape Town, the young Princess said: “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

Her Majesty repeated the vow during her coronation oath, made in 1953.

During the oath, she promised to govern the UK and Commonwealth according to law, to exercise justice with mercy and maintain the Church of England.

She repeated the oath on the 60th anniversary of her accession, and when senior Buckingham Palace aides are asked whether abdication is possible, they have had the same answer: “Life means life.”

After the Queen’s death, or perhaps abdication, Prince Charles will become King.

Charles is the longest-serving heir apparent to the British throne in history, having held the role for more than 68 years.

Next year, the Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of devoted service to the crown.

The Queen by Matthew Dennison is available to buy now.

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