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The Queen views "abdication" as a "dirty word" that should "never be uttered in her presence" and plans to reign "until her death," a royal expert has claimed.
Plans for a double bank holiday to mark the Queen’s milestone 95th birthday last year have sparked rumours Her Majesty will step aside and allow Prince Charles to take over as monarch.
Any suggestion of abdication has been squashed by palace insiders who reportedly told Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl the monarch, will not let the suggestion be uttered in her presence, sources have said, and plans to serve "until her death."
According to well-placed sources, the Queen views the word abdication as a "dirty word" and will never abdicate because it is "simply not in her DNA to abandon her people or duty".
Insiders refuted the claims, telling Ms Nicholl: "As a young woman she vowed to serve until her death and that is what she plans to do."
Despite this, royal commentator Robert Jobson told The Royal Beat, he still firmly believes the Queen will step down when she turns 95.
He said: "I still firmly believe when the Queen becomes 95, that she will step down.
"I think she won't want to, but realistically she will get to a point where she has handed over everything to Charles and then how do you look your son in the eye and tell him he is not going to be King?"
The Prince of Wales, 71, has reportedly long been stepping up his preparations as heir to the throne.
Long-running reports have suggested Charles will be made a "king in all but name" when the Queen marks her birthday.
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She could even trigger the "regency act" when she turns 95 and make Charles a "Prince Regent".
The Prince would take over the Queen’s roles, while Her Majesty would remain Monarch so she can follow her promise to stay on the throne to her death.
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