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Retirement Is Canceled: Reasons Why Elizabeth II Will Not Give Up The British Throne

Date October 3, 2018 12:33

Queen Elizabeth II rules Britain for already more than 66 years. This fragile woman with a steel character celebrated her 92nd birthday not so long ago, yet still appears in public practically every day. Elizabeth II's consort, Prince Philip, officially retired about a year ago at the age of 96, but this does not mean that he enjoys a full and well-deserved rest. The Duke of Edinburgh still accompanies the Queen for some events, though now he decides which ones himself.

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During these 66 years, Elizabeth II:

  • witnessed the passing of 5 generations of people (81% of the country's population did not see the Queen's predecessor, King George VI);
  • saw the change of 14 British prime ministers and 13 US presidents;
  • made more than 260 foreign working trips;
  • paid taxes to the state treasury, although she is not obliged to do so;
  • annually reported for every gift received according to the list of items she is allowed to accept as a gift;
  • was a patron of many charitable and public initiatives;
  • posed more than 100 times for official portraits and had approximately the same number of "appearances" in movies (of course, not always personally).
  • became the longest-reigning monarch in the history of Great Britain.

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Although this is not the whole list of her duties and achievements, 92 years is a decent age for a little rest. Especially since there is someone to replace her. The first-born of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Prince Charles, will soon celebrate his 70th anniversary. He will be remembered not only as an active public person and statesman but also as the first successor to the throne, who has already had to wait his turn for the longest time.

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One small fact can cause a little fear though: Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles are not as popular as Prince William and Kate Middleton, and even Prince Harry and Megan Markle. According to Ipsos MORI, the sons of the Duke of Cornwall are the most beloved members of the royal family as of January 2018. It is noteworthy that Elizabeth II sits only in the third place.

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But there is one more reason why the reigning monarch will not give up the throne until she is capable of carrying out her duties. As a 21-year-old girl, she solemnly vowed to dedicate her entire life, long or short, to serve her country. That is, she will not transfer the right to rule to anyone until she is healthy, regardless of age. In addition, Elizabeth II believes that it is her duty to rule the people who love her, she is somewhat unconvinced of the leadership qualities of Prince Charles and can gradually delegate her duties to other relatives.

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The question of popularity is extremely important for the monarch because the nation's support is vital. The reputation of Prince Charles was shaken because of the shocking tragedy with Princess Diana and related scandalous events regarding their failed marriage. William and Harry became the people's favorites because of their young age and the opportunity to work much longer than the older generations. And Elizabeth II is a symbol of Great Britain, the foundation of its greatness. We hope that she will be able to serve for a very long time.

How do you think, until what age should the head of state rule the country?

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