Queen Elizabeth Issues Statement Addressing Retirement Rumors

A source told Closer magazine: 'Charlotte takes after Queen Elizabeth and is obsessed with horses.

Throughout the year the Queen and other members of the Royal Family have visited those affected by the Manchester arena attack, the terrorist attacks in London and the Grenfell Tower fire disaster, as well as the emergency services who helped in the aftermath.

"There are no plans for any change in arrangements at the age of 95 - or any other age", the spokesman told People. This report also comes on the heels of Prince Andrew recently stepping down from his royal duties following his controversial interview on BBC about Jeffrey Epstein.

A palace source added that there were discussions about Prince Charles taking over particular responsibilities with Prince Andrew withdrawing from royal duties, but that in no way means Charles will be ascending to the throne any time soon.

On the list of working royals, Princess Anne is closely followed by her older brother Charles, who completed 507 engagements, and younger brother Prince Edward with 463.

The royal has won 534 races from 3,205 runs over her career as a racehorse owner, across both the flat and jump races in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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However, in the Prince of Wales 2018 biography "In Charles at Seventy", the royal biographer Robert Jobson stated that Her Majesty will start a period of regency if she is still alive when she turns 95. "It's not her call - and it's not his call", said Sally Bedell Smith. "I lay out sketches of evening dresses for the Queen to look through and choose what she would like to wear that evening and, occasionally, she may have to pick out a dress for a cocktail party", writes Kelly.

Prince Philip met Andrew at Sandringham to reinforce his son's royal exile from public life.

Concessions have been made to the Queen's age in recent years, though.

William and Kate are also parents to their son Prince George, six, and one-year-old son, Prince Louis.

There's been speculation about the Queen's future plans for some time now.

Amid the speculation of retirement, the palace spokesperson insists the Queen's schedule continues to be hands-on. "It is business as usual", the source told People.

But experienced royal writer Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty, point outs, "It is unchartered territory - in that we have never had a monarch who has lived as long".

  • Michelle Webb