Queen Elizabeth is not retiring, despite rumors to the contrary. In a rare public statement addressing recent speculation, the 93-year-old monarch addressed the stories that she will step down to make way for her son, Prince Charles, who is 71 years old.
“There are no plans for any change in arrangements at the age of 95 — or any other age,” the spokesman declared in a statement released to People.
The whispers started following the announcement that Prince Andrew would be stepping down from royal duties following his widely deemed “disastrous” interview with the BBC, in which he discussed his ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, and the rumors that he’d slept with at least one young woman Epstein allegedly sex trafficked.
Multiple reports indicated that Andrew’s brother Charles pushed his mother to oust Andrew, with The Sun claiming that Charles’ decision proves he can run the firm” and that “a transition is plainly already underway” for Charles to take over the throne for his mother when she turns 95 in about 18 months.
Still, the Queen has left foreign travel and diplomacy to Charles in recent years, and Charles, Prince William and Princess Anne often host royal events in her stead.