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Her Majesty, 96, has taken steps in recent months to prepare the country for the next government, said author Ian Lloyd. The expert believes it is unlikely that the Queen will ever abdicate, despite her mobility issues due to her devotion to the Crown and her duty.

But she is willing to pass on more and more tasks to her firstborn and heir, not only out of necessity, but also to prepare him and the country for his succession.

The author of ‘The Queen: 70 Chapters in the Life of Elizabeth II’ told Express.co.uk: “One of the things she’s doing seems like right now, it’s laying the groundwork for the future, the next government.

“The Queen is hugely popular, but when she goes, you don’t want everything to collapse, you don’t want a vacuum where people don’t know what’s going to happen and then Charles comes along as an older man.”

The royal commentator suggested that the monarch’s work is particularly important, as it is not “the PR dream” to have a man who turns 74 this year take over the throne.

Prince Charles is the Queen’s eldest son and heir (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Charles to be the next head of the Commonwealth (Image: GETTY)

He said: “It’s not the PR dream to have someone approaching the 80s who has lost the prime of youth and, although he seems very healthy now, is himself at the age where you start to have problems.”

Lloyd added that the Queen would like to see her next record improve after she became the first English sovereign to remain on the throne for seven decades.

Speaking for the platinum anniversary celebrations, the expert said: “I think everyone wants the Queen to break records, the next record is 2024, when she will beat King Louis XIV of France as the longest reigning monarch ever.

“It’s a really fantastic thing.

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The Queen spoke in favor of Camilla who would become Queen Consort after Charles’ accession to the throne (Image: GETTY)

“While she isn’t all that into records herself, she wasn’t overly eager to do anything when she defeated Queen Victoria as Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.”

The Queen overtook her great-grandmother in 2015, while Queen Victoria remained on the throne for 63 years and 216 days.

Queen Elizabeth, who this year celebrates the first-ever platinum jubilee in the history of the British crown, will overtake Louis XIV of France in two years, as the Sun King remained on the throne for 72 years and 110 days.

After being crowned the longest-reigning monarch in the world, the Queen could look forward to two other milestones: her 100th birthday and 75th year on the throne.

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The Queen and Prince Charles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Charles has performed for the Queen several times in recent months (Image: GETTY)

The Queen began delegating tasks to her close relatives a few years ago and making decisions that would affect her heir’s reign.

She traveled abroad for the last time in 2015, when she visited Malta to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Other members of the Firm have since represented her abroad with tours and tours.

In 2017, Prince Charles first laid a wreath of red poppies on behalf of his mother during the national memorial service at the Cenotaph, as the Queen watched from the balcony of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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The line of succession to the throne (Image: EXPRESS)

In 2018, it was announced that the Prince of Wales will succeed his mother as head of the Commonwealth.

In recent months, the transition of duties from mother to son has become more visible due to the Queen’s mobility issues, which have prevented her from attending some important engagements.

Last November, Prince Charles led a small congregation of royals at the COP26 summit after the monarch was forced to withdraw from the evening reception.

In March, he represented her at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.

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The Queen entered the balcony of Buckingham Palace with her three heirs last Sunday (Image: GETTY)

And in May he read the Queen’s Speech for the first time during the State Opening of the States.

On the eve of the start of this Platinum Jubilee year, the Sovereign also put an end to speculation about what title the Duchess of Cornwall would assume upon the accession of King Charles, expressing her wish to have Camilla known as Queen Consort.

On the last day of the Platinum Jubilee, the Queen stepped out onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace, surrounded only by her three heirs – Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George – as well as Camilla, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to celebrate the show the future of the company to the world.

Ian Lloyd’s ‘The Queen: 70 Chapters in the Life of Elizabeth II’ is now available.

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