Queen ‘cleans up stray family ends towards the end of her reign’, says author

Her Majesty the Queen has already begun laying out plans for her family’s future to make the ‘smoothest royal transition’ in more than a century, according to the royal biographer

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The Queen is known for her quick wit and unwavering devotion to her royal duties, as well as the way she has supported and guided family members in their roles.

Over the years, the monarch has built up a reputation for being one of the best-prepared figures who has already devised rock-solid plans to ensure the future of the royal family is safe and in safe hands.

These guidelines have been drawn up so that when Her Majesty is no longer with us, the transition from her reign to Prince Charles will be as smooth as possible.

The Mirror’s royal podcast, Pod Save the Queen, spoke to biographer Andrew Morton about his 25th book ‘The Queen’ and he explained exactly what the 96-year-old monarch is up to as she enters the final years of her historic reign.

Morton explained how he believes the Queen is “cleaning up” any loose family breaks in her final years to make the massive move as easy as possible.

Andrew Morton spoke about the Queen in The Mirror’s royal podcast


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The Queen’s platinum jubilee was an opportunity to show who will and will not play a key role in the royal family in the coming years.

Whether it was the senior royals taking part in the Trooping the Color parade or the unmistakable message sent when Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George joined the Queen on the balcony for the anniversary finale, the plan of the monarch to the stability of the royal family was uncovered.

This plan for the future is something royal author Andrew Morton explained to The Mirror’s podcast, Pod Save the Queen.

He said: “The Queen is a very tidy person and even as a little girl she always kept her shoes neatly lined up and woke up at night making sure everything was tidy so there is a neatness in her character.

“And you can see that a lot is being cleared up towards the end of the reign.

The Queen has planned her transition to Prince Charles


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“The biggest problem that had to be solved was Camilla and what she will be called in the future.

“The Queen has bought step by step” [Camilla’s] status higher and higher. A few years ago, she put her on the Privy Council so she could be there when the succession was announced.

“Then she became a member of the Order of the Garter and finally she says she would like Camilla to be called Queen Consort.

“That kind of ended the debate because when Prince Charles first married Camilla, the mood music was that she would never be called queen and within a few years they came back very quickly.”

Earlier this year, an unprecedented statement was released to coincide with Queen’s Birthday on February 6, which read: “I want to thank you all for your support. I remain eternally grateful for, and humbled by, the loyalty and affection you continue to give me.

“And when, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes king, I know that you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you gave me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Morton explained how the transition between the Queen and Prince Charles will be one of the easiest in history.

The Queen openly expressed her hope that Camilla would be known as Queen Consort


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The author said: “This will be the smoothest transition in history, especially since Queen Victoria and Edward VII.

“The Queen has asked Prince Charles to become the head of the Commonwealth. There have been knighthoods for those involved in the transition, there is a book on what to do when she dies and it goes on and on.”

The Queen has been preparing for the future for years and educating her heirs. She famously invited Prince William to Windsor Castle for regular classes while he was studying at Eton College.

Royal expert Robert Lacey previously explained to PEOPLE: “There has always been a special bond between William and the Queen, and she has a special interest in him.

“When William became a teenager, she would have him in Windsor Castle and open the state boxes and run him through the papers. It was William’s constitutional upbringing.’

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