Politics | August 21, 2017 1:43 pm

Queen Elizabeth Will Not Step Down For Prince Charles Soon

She said: 'Duty first, nation first, I’m going to be there.'

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Queen Elizabeth II visits Canada House to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation on July 19, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth has no plans of stepping down despite recent Regency Act rumors. The monarch insists that it is “duty first, nation first, I’m going to be there,” according to The Sunday Times of London

Royal insiders told The Times that the Queen, who is 91, remains as committed as ever to her duty. Three separate senior sources reject all claims that she will request the Regency Act come into force in the foreseeable future, and say that neither Buckingham Palace nor Clarence House is planning for the regency.

Palace officials have not commented. However, they referred to the Queen’s pledge on her twenty-first birthday: “I declare … that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.”

The Queen is one of the world’s longest-serving, with a reign of 65 years. In May there was wide-spread speculation that the Queen or her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, had died when a last-minute royal staff meeting was called, reports the New York Post. However, Philip, 95, was just announced that he was retiring from formal royal duties.

If Queen Elizabeth II were to step aside or die, the 1937 Regency Act allows for Prince Charles to become king.