There has been much speculation on when Queen Elizabeth will step down as the Queen of England. An official announcement has yet to be made, but her recent shift of responsibilities to her son, Prince Charles, more specifically, the upcoming key gesture he is set to make, is a major sign that her retirement will be here sooner than later. 

On Sunday, Dec. 10, the royal family will gather at the Cenotaph in Whitehall for the traditional Remembrance Sunday ceremony. As reported by Express, it is at this ceremony that the Prince of Wales will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of the Queen.

The British outlet also noted that out of Queen Elizabeth's 67-year-reign, she'd laid the wreath at 65 of these ceremonies. However, in recent years, Prince Charles has taken over as his mother watched from a nearby building balcony. 

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After the potential 'annus horribilis', the 93-year-old monarch has had it would be no surprise if she were to retire fairly soon. However, there is also the option to end the monarchy altogether. 

TV commentator Kevin Maguire suggested she do just that during his appearance on Jeremy Vine on 5 in October.

"Let’s not go down Sweden’s way, let’s get down France’s road and have a republic," he said. "It will be Great Britain."