GREAT BRITAIN (April 12, 2022) Britain is now effectively a ‘co-monarchy’ with Prince Charles acting as the Queen’s regent, it has been claimed.
Her Majesty has had to cut back on public engagements over recent months due to health concerns.
She spoke of her struggles to overcome COVID-19 this week, saying the virus had left her “exhausted” and has been seen using a walking stick more often.
And it was confirmed Prince Charles will take her place at the Royal Maundry service on Thursday.
According to the Ephraim Hardcastle column in the Daily Mail, the Queen has made Charles her regent “in all but name” with the move also removing princes Andrew and Harry from having to take on certain official duties.
The column quotes a royal source, who said: “We have effectively a co-monarchy for the first time since William and Mary arrived in 1689.
“Charles’s unofficial elevation also removes any danger of Andrew or Harry having to step in as counsellors of state.”
Her Majesty has had to cut back on public engagements over recent months due to some health concerns that she has 👑 pic.twitter.com/aFLtni4WNb— Scottish Express (@ScotExpress) April 12, 2022
The heir to the throne has already taken over from his mother at the Remembrance events at the cenotaph. The monarch also pulled out of the annual Commonwealth Day service on March 14.
Royal commentators have said the Queen’s public appearances will become ‘sparse’ in what is her Platinum Jubilee year.
However, she made sure to attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s service of thanksgiving at the end of March.
The regency period
The previous Regency era came about when King George III was deemed unfit to rule due to a mental illness with his son, the future George VI, ruling as proxy as prince regent.
Source: Scottish Express News contributed to the article.