Queen heartbreak: Monarch's future in doubt amid abdication fears 'Enjoy her final years'

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Queen heartbreak: Monarch's future in doubt amid abdication fears 'Enjoy her final years'

The Queen, became the longest-reigning British Monarch in 2015 as she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother Victoria. But after a turb

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The Queen, became the longest-reigning British Monarch in 2015 as she surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother Victoria. But after a turbulent start to the year and the coronavirus pandemic, speculation around whether she will step down has grown. The Queen has been self-isolating at Windsor Castle with Prince Philip, 99, and there is no clear sign she will be returning to royal duties.

Speaking on the Channel 5 documentary, ‘The Queen: Duty before Family?’ the narrator said: “The Queen’s life has been one long rebuttal to the abdication crisis. Again and again she’s sacrificed those closet to her for what she feels is in the best interests of the monarchy.

“Now in her mid-90s, will she sit back and enjoy her final years or keep on going as the full-time Queen of her nation.”

Dr Anne Whitelock, a royal historian, said: “There is much speculation that the Queen might one day have to abdicate.

“I think there is no chance of the Queen abdicating.

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“As she said at 21, whether her life short of long she remains committed to serving her people.”

The narrator added: “The story of Elizabeth II is a story of great sacrifice.

“A woman who dedicated herself from a very young age to duty regardless of the consequences to her family and those around her.”

Dr Whitelock noted: “The Queen would be very sensitive to the very personal costs that these crisis’ have caused.

Speaking on ITV’s Royal rota, producer Lizzie Robinson said: “There’s a lot about the Queen and when she will go to Balmoral.”

Royal editor Chris Ship added: “Our understanding is she will go to Balmoral where she spends every summer in the Scottish Highlands.

“When she goes is a matter of much debate.”

Ms Robinson added: “I think even though the plan is for her to go, they will review it and keep it under constant review given the current situation.”



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