After Prince Philip retired at the age of 96 as the longest-serving consort to the Queen, it caused the Queen to have some thoughts of her own. Having spent 7 decades of life in the public eye by her side, Queen Elizabeth II is now considering when it will be time for her to step down from the throne.
Her eldest son Prince Charles is next in line for the throne and a move that she makes could grant him full power to reign, even while she is still living.
According to one senior former member of the Royal Household, "Out of the profound respect the Queen holds for the institution of monarchy and its stewardship, Her Majesty would want to make sure that she has done everything she can for her country and her people before she hands over. She is dutiful to her core."
"Her Majesty is mindful of her age and wants to make sure when the time comes, the transition of the Crown is seamless," they said.
But when could this be happening?