It was just four days after Prince Philip was buried that Queen Elizabeth II turned 95 years old. The loss of Prince Philip meant that the Queen no longer has the partnership that helped her guide the monarchy for nearly 70 years. Because of this, Prince Charles, her son and heir, is stepping up to reshape the family to help carry on.
Royal Transition Plans Gain New Urgency After Philip’s Burial
The royal transition was already underway in the House of Windsor, but the loss of Prince Philip has given a cause for new urgency. With the Queen being 95 years of age, Charles has made steps toward reallocating the duties of the royal family. Not only that, but the exile of Prince Andrew and the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan also play a role.
Buckingham Palace is also reportedly conducting a report on Prince Philip’s funeral ceremony. They are applying lessons from it to the blueprint for what will happen after the world loses the Queen, dubbed Operation London Bridge.
Queen Elizabeth Continues to Be in Good Health
Even with plans underway, Queen Elizabeth is in good health and her biggest issue is stiffness in the knees, which makes it harder for her to climb stairs. Not to mention, her own mother lived to be 101 years of age. There are also plans underway for the Queen’s platinum jubilee, which is a four day celebration that will happen in June 2022 to mark her accession to the throne 70 years ago.
However, after the Queen was shown grieving alone at St. George’s chapel thanks to social distancing restrictions during the funeral, it instilled a sense of her vulnerability to many. Questions were also raised about how active she might continue to be.
“Fundamentally, the queen will fade away gracefully,” said former royal correspondent for the BBC, Peter Hunt. “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.”
Prince Charles Has Already Taken Over Some of the Queen’s Duties
As the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles has already taken over some of Queen Elizabeth’s duties, which includes investiture ceremonies, where people are granted knighthoods and overseas trips. He’s also attended other events with his mother and was vocal about his brother Andrew’s ties to Jeffrey Epstein.
However, Prince Charles still has a lot of challenge ahead, considering the reduced ranks of his family thanks to Prince Harry and Meghan moving to California and the workload involved.
“You’re not going to get a situation on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, where people are pushing and shoving for a place,” said royal chronicler Andrew Morton. “It’s going to be down to just a handful of people.”