Queen Elizabeth news: Prince Charles 'must do the heavy lifting' for Her Majesty as monarch 'deserves' to rest

PRINCE Charles must "prove he is capable" of continuing the Queen's legacy as she "conserves her energy", a royal writer has claimed.

Britain got a glimpse of Charles’ reign as he stepped in for The Queen at the State Opening of Parliament earlier this month.

Royal writer Omid Scobie, a friend of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, says Charles must now begin to "do the heavy lifting" in carrying on the Queen's legacy.

Writing for Yahoo, the Finding Freedom biographer wrote: "With the Queen now comfortably in the final chapter of her reign, now is the time for Prince Charles to prove he is truly capable of continuing her 70-year legacy (and a final chance to capture the imagination of those still unconvinced)."

He added: "Whether Charles has exactly what it takes will only be seen once he ascends the throne, but one thing is for sure — The Queen has earned every right to conserve her energy for celebratory moments that the nation can enjoy alongside her."

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Joseph Gamp

    Charles and Camilla celebrate Canada's culture

    The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall celebrated the culture, crafts and people of Canada as they poured themselves pints of beer made from icebergs thousands of years old.

    Cheers went up around a brewery in St John's, on Canada's east coast, as they added the final drops to the drinks and the duchess announced it was "very good" while sipping her pint.

    The water used to make the unique beer comes from icebergs which migrate seasonally to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

    The stop to quench their thirst came at the end of a busy first day in the province on Tuesday when the prince and duchess met many Canadians.

    Charles and Camilla also tried their hand at rug hooking, where discarded material is cut into strips and used to make practical and decorative items like mini tapestries or table mats, during their first day in Canada.

    Instructor Catherine McCausland put the couple through their paces threading the pieces of material through a hessian type cloth and the duchess looked over at her husband and said "you're much better than me".

    The future king pulled a face and laughed as he grappled with the task after the couple had met budding business owners In the Quidi Vidi Village artisan studios, where craft entrepreneurs are taught all aspects of creating a successful company.

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince William wears face mask as he visits United Arab Emirates 

    Prince William wears a mask as he visits the United Arab Emirates on behalf of the Queen.

    He was there to pass on her condolences following the death of the country’s ruler Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

    He died on Friday aged 73.

    The Duke of Cambridge also paid his respects to the UAE’s new president and ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

    Other world leaders, including PM Boris Johnson, also travelled to the UAE’s Mushrif Palace.

  • Louis Allwood

    Meghan and Harry ‘still pushing for royal life’

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are “still pushing for royal life”, a royal expert has claimed.

    PR expert Lina Citreon discussed the Sussexes’ lifestyle choices with Christina Garibaldi on the latest episode of Royally Us.

    Speaking on Royally Us, host Christina Garibaldi said: “They [Harry and Meghan] are one of the most recognisable couples in the world but they also wanted to straddle that royal life.

    “You know, when they were told they couldn’t, they’re still using their HRH titles and things, so it seems like they’re still pushing the royal life but don’t really want to be associated with it either”.

    PR expert Lida said: “One of the things we’ve learnt is you sometimes don’t get to have it both ways.

    “When you think about royal life and pageantry of the institution, there’s lots of rules that come with that and there’s protocols and there’s rewards.

    “But celebrity also has rules and protocols and rewards, it also has a lot of risk, being handled is different, being managed is different.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Kate Middleton beats Meghan Markle to be named Instagram’s most popular Royal

    New research shows how Kate Middleton is the most popular member of the Royal family among Instagram users.

    Online casino Slingo looked at the amount of times the names of Royals have been used in hashtags on the photo sharing platform to determine who was being referenced the most by users.

    The results showed the Duchess of Cambridge was the most popular on Instagram with nearly 1.5 million tags.

    She was closely followed by the Queen at 1.3 million while Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, came in third.

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince Philip’s fury at Sussexes over Megxit demands

    The Sussexes choices and demands around Megxit led Prince Philip to exclaim, “What the hell are they playing at?”, a royal author has claimed.

    Royal expert and author, Andrew Morton, has said that Prince Phillip was not pleased when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed that they would be stepping back from royal duties.

    Writing in the Daily Mail, Mr Morton claimed: “In 2019, Harry told the Queen that he and Meghan wanted to step back as senior royals, raise funds privately and yet still serve the monarchy — albeit in a limited capacity.

    “The Queen’s initial reaction was that it was almost impossible to be half in and half out of the Royal Family; it was akin to being ‘slightly’ pregnant.

    “Later, Prince Philip’s indignant response to the couple’s declaration of independence was: ‘What the hell are they playing at?'”

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry and Meghan ‘concerned’ about Archie & Lilibet being ‘digital experiments’

    Prince Harry and Meghan have revealed they are “concerned” about Archie and Lilibet being “digital experiments” in a “world of hatred and harm”.

    It came as the Duke of Sussex today helped to launch an “online safety toolkit” for children.

    Harry spoke at the online event titled Making Child Online Safety a Reality with young people around the world – and shared his fears in regard to his kids.

    The Duke told those tuned in that he hopes 18-month-old Lilbet and Archie, three, will “never have to experience the internet as it exists now”.

    The dad-of-two explained: “As parents, my wife and I are concerned about the next generation growing up in a world where they are treated as digital experiments for companies to make money and where things like hatred and harm are somehow normalised.”

    It is not known whether Harry received a fee for his appearance, but experts have previously said they could be earning upwards of a million pounds per speech after they signed up with an elite agency.

    He and Meghan last year joined New York-based Harry Walker Agency – the same as their pal Serena Williams and the Obamas to help fund their new luxury lifestyle.

    PR expert Mark Borkowski told The Sun the pair will “clean up”. 

    He said: “I’m surprised they haven’t done this sooner. It will be one of the great income generators for them.

    “The speaker’s circuit is a natural safe space for them to plunder.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Would they be as supportive if it was in the family?

    The Royal Family have come under fire for being racist in recent years.

    Similar to football, it's never been public knowledge that a Royal Family member is gay.

    In the wake of Meghan and Harry's interview with Oprah last year, Prince William felt the need to assure the public they family is not racist.

    But it seemed to many Meghan was treated differently sparking suggestions of a 'they're fine until they're in our house' attitude.

    Perhaps the same could be said for the Cambridge's recent tweet in support of courageous Blackpool FC 17-year-old Jake Daniels, who came out publicly yesterday.

  • Louis Allwood

    Who are the royals that can step in for the Queen?

    As the monarch nears a century of age, she's begun delegating more.

    Prince William flew to the UAE on her behalf this weekend, and Prince Charles and Camilla flew to Canada today for a three-day tour.

    With Meghan and Harry no longer senior royals, who can step in to help out?

    According to the Regency Act 1937, the monarch can empower the next four in line to the throne who are over 21.

    That would be Prince Charles, William, Harry and Prince Andrew. With the latter two no longer seniors, it seems Prince Edward and an unknown would be called upon.

    This is the same act that would put the Duchess of Cambridge in charge, if something happened to Charles, William and Harry before George was old enough to take the throne.

  • Louis Allwood

    The Crossrail line delay – bad for the tax payer, good for the Queen

    Today, the Queen surprised everyone by turning up at Paddington Station.

    She went to unveil the new line named in her favour.

    The Queen was accompanied by her youngest son, Prince Edward, to unveil the train line that have been delayed for four years.

    The delays were reportedly due to budget and other issues including construction difficulties and complications installing the crucial signalling system.

    The idea is that East and West will be connected like never before.

  • Louis Allwood

    Others scrambled to meet the Queen at the opening of the Elizabeth Line

    The Queen is not the only monarch to have a travel line named after her.

    The Victoria Line opened on 1 September 1968, 67 years after the death of Queen Victoria.

    This makes the Queen the only monarch to be alive during the unveiling of a travel line being named after her.

    The celebration of her platinum jubilee this year also marks her being the longest reigning monarch in British history, with 70 years under her belt.

  • Louis Allwood

    The Queen left Windsor for the first time in seven weeks

    Attending the opening of the Elizabeth Line was a surprise for all inviolved.

    Though the organisers were told there was a possibility she may attend the opening, it wasn't confirmed.

    Due to mobility concerns from her doctors, the 96-year-old has remained in the Windsor area for almost two months.

    The last time the Queen was seen outside of Windsor was for the Duke of Edinburgh's memorial service in Westminster Abbey seven weeks ago.

  • Louis Allwood

    Queen's mobility won't keep her down

    The monarch has had to cancel engagements recently on advice of her doctors.

    But she was seen on Sunday at the first of her televised Platinum Jubilee event.

    Royal fans will be delighted to learn the monarch opened the underground line named after her in a surprise visit to Paddington Station.

    Queen Elizabeth was joined by Edward for the very special event.

    She is meeting Crossrail and Elizabeth Line workers, including apprentices, drivers and station staff.

    Boris Johnson, London mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will also be there.

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince Charles and Camilla have landed in Canada

    The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have arrived in Canada for a royal tour.

    The arrival has been arranged as part of the Queen's Jubilee celebrations.

    A tweet from Clarence House, the Twitter account for the royal couple, showed them arriving in Newfoundland and Labrador to begin their visit.

  • Louis Allwood

    Who is Lady Louise Windsor? 

    Lady Louise, who is 14th in line to the throne, is the daughter of the Queen’s youngest child, Prince Edward, and his wife, Sophie Rhys-Jones.

    Lady Louise was born prematurely on November 8, 2003, at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey and was delivered by emergency C-section.

    She was born with the eye condition esotropia and had a procedure to correct her vision at 18 months, which failed, and was repeated in 2014.

    She attended school in Windsor before moving to an Ascot school near to her parents’ home, Bagshot Park.

    The Wessex family, which also includes Louise’s 11-year-old brother James, Viscount Severn, are said to be close to the Queen and her late husband Philip.

    A royal insider said: “The Queen loves the fact that Louise and James relish their time at Balmoral, and she has become particularly close to Louise, who seems to have become her favourite grandchild, closely followed by James.

    “Louise also endeared herself to everyone by looking after William and Kate’s children when they were up here.

    “Louise loves drawing and sketching and was very patiently trying to get Charlotte to do pictures of rabbits and deer.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince William wears face mask as he visits United Arab Emirates 

    Prince William wears a mask as he visits the United Arab Emirates on behalf of the Queen.

    He was there to pass on her condolences following the death of the country’s ruler Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

    He died on Friday aged 73.

    The Duke of Cambridge also paid his respects to the UAE’s new president and ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

    Other world leaders, including PM Boris Johnson, also travelled to the UAE’s Mushrif Palace.

  • Louis Allwood

    Meghan and Harry ‘still pushing for royal life’

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are “still pushing for royal life”, a royal expert has claimed.

    PR expert Lina Citreon discussed the Sussexes’ lifestyle choices with Christina Garibaldi on the latest episode of Royally Us.

    Speaking on Royally Us, host Christina Garibaldi said: “They [Harry and Meghan] are one of the most recognisable couples in the world but they also wanted to straddle that royal life.

    “You know, when they were told they couldn’t, they’re still using their HRH titles and things, so it seems like they’re still pushing the royal life but don’t really want to be associated with it either”.

    PR expert Lida said: “One of the things we’ve learnt is you sometimes don’t get to have it both ways.

    “When you think about royal life and pageantry of the institution, there’s lots of rules that come with that and there’s protocols and there’s rewards.

    “But celebrity also has rules and protocols and rewards, it also has a lot of risk, being handled is different, being managed is different.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Kate Middleton beats Meghan Markle to be named Instagram’s most popular Royal

    New research shows how Kate Middleton is the most popular member of the Royal family among Instagram users.

    Online casino Slingo looked at the amount of times the names of Royals have been used in hashtags on the photo sharing platform to determine who was being referenced the most by users.

    The results showed the Duchess of Cambridge was the most popular on Instagram with nearly 1.5 million tags.

    She was closely followed by the Queen at 1.3 million while Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, came in third.

  • Louis Allwood

    Prince Philip’s fury at Sussexes over Megxit demands

    The Sussexes choices and demands around Megxit led Prince Philip to exclaim, “What the hell are they playing at?”, a royal author has claimed.

    Royal expert and author, Andrew Morton, has said that Prince Phillip was not pleased when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed that they would be stepping back from royal duties.

    Writing in the Daily Mail, Mr Morton claimed: “In 2019, Harry told the Queen that he and Meghan wanted to step back as senior royals, raise funds privately and yet still serve the monarchy — albeit in a limited capacity.

    “The Queen’s initial reaction was that it was almost impossible to be half in and half out of the Royal Family; it was akin to being ‘slightly’ pregnant.

    “Later, Prince Philip’s indignant response to the couple’s declaration of independence was: ‘What the hell are they playing at?'”

  • Louis Allwood

    Harry and Meghan ‘concerned’ about Archie & Lilibet being ‘digital experiments’

    Prince Harry and Meghan have revealed they are “concerned” about Archie and Lilibet being “digital experiments” in a “world of hatred and harm”.

    It came as the Duke of Sussex today helped to launch an “online safety toolkit” for children.

    Harry spoke at the online event titled Making Child Online Safety a Reality with young people around the world – and shared his fears in regard to his kids.

    The Duke told those tuned in that he hopes 18-month-old Lilbet and Archie, three, will “never have to experience the internet as it exists now”.

    The dad-of-two explained: “As parents, my wife and I are concerned about the next generation growing up in a world where they are treated as digital experiments for companies to make money and where things like hatred and harm are somehow normalised.”

    It is not known whether Harry received a fee for his appearance, but experts have previously said they could be earning upwards of a million pounds per speech after they signed up with an elite agency.

    He and Meghan last year joined New York-based Harry Walker Agency – the same as their pal Serena Williams and the Obamas to help fund their new luxury lifestyle.

    PR expert Mark Borkowski told The Sun the pair will “clean up”. 

    He said: “I’m surprised they haven’t done this sooner. It will be one of the great income generators for them.

    “The speaker’s circuit is a natural safe space for them to plunder.”

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Would they be as supportive if it was in the family?

    The Royal Family have come under fire for being racist in recent years.

    Similar to football, it's never been public knowledge that a Royal Family member is gay.

    In the wake of Meghan and Harry's interview with Oprah last year, Prince William felt the need to assure the public they family is not racist.

    But it seemed to many Meghan was treated differently sparking suggestions of a 'they're fine until they're in our house' attitude.

    Perhaps the same could be said for the Cambridge's recent tweet in support of courageous Blackpool FC 17-year-old Jake Daniels, who came out publicly yesterday.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Who are the royals that can step in for the Queen?

    As the monarch nears a century of age, she's begun delegating more.

    Prince William flew to the UAE on her behalf this weekend, and Prince Charles and Camilla flew to Canada today for a three-day tour.

    With Meghan and Harry no longer senior royals, who can step in to help out?

    According to the Regency Act 1937, the monarch can empower the next four in line to the throne who are over 21.

    That would be Prince Charles, William, Harry and Prince Andrew. With the latter two no longer seniors, it seems Prince Edward and an unknown would be called upon.

    This is the same act that would put the Duchess of Cambridge in charge, if something happened to Charles, William and Harry before George was old enough to take the throne.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Even Dame Helen couldn't get the Queen to smile

    Most would agree Dame Helen Mirren is one of the greats to come out of Britain.

    But the Queen looked unimpressed as Dame Helen delivered a speech as Elizabeth I.

    Omid Djalili, however, was able to have some banter with the 96-year-old monarch who appeared somewhat amused at his joke about her missing the State Opening of Parliament last week.

    The Queen's emotions were clearly on show at the finale of the Royal Windsor Horse Show last week though, when her 18-year-old granddaughter and daughter of Prince Edward, Lady Louise, drove Prince Philip’s carriage around the arena.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    The Queen's mobility issues aren't holding her back

    After kicking her Platinum Jubilee off in style, we got to see the Queen again today.

    There have been many reports of the Queen's mobility issues, but she seems strong when she walked the red carpet at Windsor castle this weekend after getting out of a Range Rover unaided.

    Tom Cruise attended the event and spoke highly of the celebrant: “What she has accomplished has been historic.”

    Dame Helen Mirren, who played Her Majesty in 2006 film The Queen, Billions actor Damian Lewis, Bridgerton’s Adjoa Andoh and TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh were some of the other celebrities to attend the Platinum Jubilee event on Sunday.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    The Crossrail line delay – bad for the tax payer, good for the Queen

    Today, the Queen surprised everyone by turning up at Paddington Station.

    She went to unveil the new line named in her favour.

    The Queen was accompanied by her youngest son, Prince Edward, to unveil the train line that have been delayed for four years.

    The delays were reportedly due to budget and other issues including construction difficulties and complications installing the crucial signalling system.

    The idea is that East and West will be connected like never before.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Others scrambled to meet the Queen at the opening of the Elizabeth Line

    The surprise attendance of the Queen at Paddington drew a number of other attendees.

    The 96-year-old was accompanied by her youngest son, the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward.

    They were welcomed by Boris Johnson, Sadiq Khan, and Transport for London commissioner Andy Byford.

    They met with staff who have been key to the project and who will run the railway, including train drivers, station staff and apprentices.

    The Elizabeth line, named in honour of the Queen, will open to passengers on May 24.

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