The Queen could give up most of her powers to Prince Charles within the next two years, a royal expert has claimed.
Royal expert Phil Dampier says the monarch could use an established piece of legislation to delegate her duties to the next in line to the throne.
But he insists the Queen would never completely renounce the throne – despite some speculation to the contrary.
The 1937 Regency Act allows the monarch to relinquish some of their powers if he or she feels unable to fully perform the required royal duties.
Under this scenario, Prince Charles would take her place while Prince Philip, 98, would become the Guardian of the Queen.
But in order for it to pass through parliament, Philip along with two other senior political figures, would have to provide evidence supporting the Queen’s claim.
The Queen, who celebrated her 93rd birthday in April, may have already decided to give up some powers when she turns 95, Dampier says.
He told Yahoo’s The Royal Box : “I don’t think she would ever abdicate. I think she’s made that clear on a number of occasions.”
“There is talk that when she reaches 95 in a couple of years she may slow down and possibly the Regency Act will be brought in.
“She will still be Queen but Prince Charles will, in fact, take over most of the duties.
“He is starting to do that already, being at the state opening in Parliament and the Commonwealth conference.”