Queen Elizabeth II, who became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch on Wednesday, was rumored to be stepping down and passing the throne to Kate Middleton and Prince William in April 2016. However, it turns out that the queen will not abdicate the throne next year, Gossip Cop reported Wednesday.
OK! magazine had reported that the 89-year-old will skip a generation and hand down the crown to her 33-year-old grandson and his wife. The report also said that the queen's 66-year-old son Prince Charles was initially unhappy with the idea but eventually understood that “it’s best for the crown to skip a generation, for the sake of keeping the royal family relevant and vital.”
“The idea of having Charles step aside for the good of the monarchy had been whispered about but they never believed it would happen,” a source told the magazine. "It’s been a tough pill to swallow for Charles. He’s spent his whole life waiting to succeed his mother. He initially flew into a rage, ranting that the crown is rightfully his. But then he began to see her way of thinking."
However, Kate and William were “stunned” by the queen’s decision. “When Kate found out, the first thing she did was call her mum and dad. They are absolutely overwhelmed,” the insider said, Hollywood Life reported, citing the magazine.
However, Gossip Cop has reported, citing a representative of the Buckingham Palace, that the queen is not giving up the throne next year.
Meanwhile, Kate will resume royal duties from Sept. 17 after being on her second maternity leave for four months. After the birth of Prince George in July 2013, the duchess had resumed her royal duties within two months. However, this time she took a longer maternity leave.
“She felt she came back too soon last time,” a royal source reportedly said. “She wants to have that [family] and enjoy it with George and the new baby.”