Queen gathers her family: ‘I need to step down’

Her Majesty summons her heirs for a historic meeting.
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For the House of Windsor, 2022 has been divided into two parts: pre- and post-jubilee.

And now that the bunting has come down and the Union Jack flags have been stored away, Buckingham Palace has returned to a very serious business.

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Insiders tell New Idea exclusively that the Queen has summoned Charles and William to her side at Windsor Castle to begin the process of handing over control of the monarchy to her heirs.

“The Queen only managed to spend about 30 minutes in public for her jubilee,” says a source.

“Sadly, the mobility issues she’s suffering from are getting the better of her, and it’s clear she can no longer perform her duties as needed. If the jubilee felt like a grand send-off for an incredible woman, that’s because deep down she knew it was. She is stepping aside for her son and grandson, even if not formally.”

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“She is stepping aside for her son and grandson, even if not formally.” (Credit: Getty)

Sources tell us that an emotional Charles, 73, encouraged Her Majesty to make one final appearance on Buckingham Palace’s balcony after the jubilee pageant, convincing his beloved “Mummy” to travel the 35km from Windsor to London so the Royal Standard could be poignantly raised over the palace and public one more time.

“Both Charles and William have spent time with her since the jubilee and have made it clear to her that it’s OK if she wants to step down,” says a source.

“She has done her Commonwealth proud for 70 years, and now it’s their turn to make her proud.”

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William has “accepted his destiny” and is ready to step up for the Queen and his dad. (Credit: Getty)

Royal expert Phil Dampier tells New Idea the Queen, 96, “will never abdicate”.

“She regards her vows during her coronation as sacred before God, so she wants to serve until the end,” he says.

“She is letting her son and grandson take over bit by bit … She is looking to the future and wants a smooth transition for when the time comes that she sadly leaves us.”

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