Queen: ‘Once she’s gone the monarchy has too’ says Smith
Of the total of 48 percent of the polled who believed the monarch should step down, 27 percent thought she should abdicate “if she is not in good health”.
The remaining 21 percent argued the sovereign should stand down no matter her health condition.
Of the total polled, 11 percent responded: “Don’t know”.
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This poll, carried out for the Daily Mirror, also found most of the Britons polled want Prince William to succeed the monarch rather than his father and heir to the throne Prince Charles.
Asked “when the Queen does leave the throne, who of the following would you prefer to see become king”, 47 percent responded the Duke of Cambridge while only 27 percent the Prince of Wales.
Of the remaining people polled, 8 percent said they didn’t know, and 18 percent spoke in favour of Britain becoming a republic.
The Queen pledged on her 21st birthday she would devote her whole life to serve the Crown.
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In a speech delivered during a tour of South Africa with her parents and sister Margaret, the then-Princess Elizabeth said: “I can make my solemn act of dedication with a whole Empire listening.
“I should like to make that dedication now. It is very simple.
“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.
“But I shall not have strength to carry out this resolution alone unless you join in it with me, as I now invite you to do: I know that your support will be unfailingly given.
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“God help me to make good my vow, and God bless all of you who are willing to share in it.”
The Queen’s pledge was thrown into doubt by royal commentator Robert Jobson, who first mentioned in 2014 the possibility for the Queen to step down as full-time working monarch and allow her eldest son to become Prince Regent when she turns 95.
As regent, the Prince of Wales would carry out the most important duties of a sovereign.
Writing in the Evening Standard, Mr Jobson said: “Abdication, according to those I have spoken too would be a step too far.
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“But a regency — where a prince rules in the absence or incapacity of a sovereign, as experienced under George III when he was too ill to reign — has to be a possibility at least.
“After all, in a decade’s time, if the Queen were to live that long, could we really imagine a centenarian holding weekly audiences with her prime minister and working on her red boxes every day?”
Last October, Mr Jobson reiterated he “still firmly believe” the Queen will step down when she turns 95.
The Queen’s 95th birthday will be on April 21, and she is expected to celebrate it privately at Windsor Castle with Prince Philip.
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Other royal commentators, however, believe the Queen will fulfil her royal duties until her death.
Dr Anne Whitelock, a royal historian, told Channel 5 documentary, ‘The Queen: Duty before Family?’: “I think there is no chance of the Queen abdicating.
She added: “She simply has a sense of duty and needing to ultimately trump personal difficulty and personal emotion.”
Royal author Angela Levin said: “She seems so strong and confident she might just carry on.”
Last year, the Government and Buckingham Palace announced plans to hold a four-day-long bank holiday break to celebrate the Queen’s 70th year on the throne in June 2022, leading to think the monarch has no intention to step down in 2021.