2020-11-18 17:56:13 UTC
sources tell Vanity Fair
*The Queen, 94, will 'never abdicate', well-placed sources have told Vanity Fair
*Insider said it was 'not in the royal's DNA to abandon her people or her duty'
*Said the royal 'plans to serve until death' and she views abdication 'a dirty
*Comes after reports the royal would 'step down' next year when she reaches 95
The Queen would 'never abdicate' because 'it is simply not in her DNA to abandon
her people or duty', royal insiders have told Vanity Fair's Katie Nicholl.
According to well-placed sources, the monarch, 94, views 'abdication as a dirty
word never to be uttered in her presence' and plans to 'serve until her death.'
Sources close to the royal said the Queen is very much involved plans for her
Platinum Jubilee celebrations next year and is unlikely to mark her 95th
birthday next year in a significant way because she is 'saving the
The plans for a double bank holiday to mark the milestone were revealed last
week amid speculation by royal commentators that the Queen would step aside and
allow Prince Charles, 71, to take over as monarch next year.
Insiders refuted the claims, revealing: 'As a young woman she vowed to serve
until her death and that is what she plans to do.'
A blockbuster programme of celebrations is currently being developed to mark the
historic milestone when Her Majesty will become the first British monarch to
have reigned for 70 years.
Friday, June 3 has been picked as the additional day off. The late May Bank
Holiday will also be put back to Thursday, June 2 to create a special four-day
Organisers said the celebrations will mix traditional pageantry and ceremonial
splendour with cutting edge artistic and technological displays.
Plans are in place to stage a series of events across four days, from June 2-5
in 2022, which will reflect the Queen's reign and her impact on the UK and the
world since her accession to the throne in 1952.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: 'The Platinum Jubilee offers an opportunity
for the Queen to express her thanks for the support and loyalty Her Majesty has
received throughout her reign.
'The Queen hopes that as many people as possible will have the opportunity to
join the celebrations.'
At 94, the Queen is already the longest-living monarch in British history.
She surpassed her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria as Britain's
longest-serving ruler five years ago.
The Queen came to the throne on February 6, 1952, at the age of 25, following
the sudden death of her father, George VI. However, her Coronation did not take
place until June 2, 1953.
The Royal Household and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are
jointly arranging the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: 'Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee will be a
truly historic moment - and one that deserves a celebration to remember.
'We can all look forward to a special, four-day Jubilee weekend, when we will
put on a spectacular, once-in-a-generation show that mixes the best of British
ceremonial splendour with cutting edge art and technology.
'It will bring the entire nation and the Commonwealth together in a fitting
tribute to Her Majesty's reign.'
The comments come weeks after royal commentator Robert Jobson told The Royal
Beat, available on True Royalty TV, he believes the monarch will abdicate next
year, saying: 'I still firmly believe when the Queen becomes 95, that she will
Newsweek Royal Reporter Jack Royston told True Royalty TV: 'I think she won't
want to, but realistically she will get to a point where she has handed over
everything to Charles and then how do you look your son in the eye and tell him
he is not going to be King?'