Queen to ‘fade away gracefully’ as Charles and William take on more Royal duties

The Queen will "gracefully" step back from Royal duties to let son Prince Charles take on a bigger role within the Firm following the death of Prince Philip, a former royal correspondent has claimed.

Her Majesty turned 95 on April 21, just days after burying her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, in a ceremony at St George's chapel.

Prince Philip's death threw the future of Queen Elizabeth II's reign into question as reports surfaced that Prince Charles and William would soon meet to discuss the Royal Family's future.

Former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt told the New York Times he believes the Queen is ready to "not stand" on her "feet all day long," leaving some of her duties up for grabs for other senior Royals.

Mr Hunt said it is likely the Queen will "fade away gracefully" from public events, but will not give up the throne until her death.

"Fundamentally, the queen will fade away gracefully," he told the NYT.

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The expert added: "Covid has helped in the sense that it has accelerated what any sensible 95-year-old woman would want to do, which is not stand on your feet all day long."

Queen Elizabeth's children, Prince Charles and Prince Edward, and their spouses, are expected to take on increased responsibilities within the Firm.

Prince Charles will reportedly designated the Queen's official "consort” and will join his mother for the ceremony on May 11.

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The Duke of Edinburgh had served as the Queen's consort for over 70 years, the longest any has done so in British history.

Prince Philip is said to have given Charles three instructions prior to his death while the Duke was in St Bartholomew's Hospital in London.

The Duke of Edinburgh is understood to have expressed his wish to "die in his own bed" and return home to Windsor.

He also reportedly gave him advice on how to look after the Queen, as well as how to lead the Royal Family through the years ahead.

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