(PCM) The 87-year old monarch Queen Elizabeth II has been gradually making preparations to hand over the throne to her son and heir Prince Charles of Wales.
Starting this year, the two will embark on a job share and both the press offices for Queen Elizabeth and the Prince of Wales are in the process of being merged. This new operation will be run by the Prince’s spokesperson, but will continue to operate out of Buckingham Palace.
The 65-year-old Prince of Wales will accompany the Queen on the beaches of Normandy this summer to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the joint trip on June 6 is the most high-profile example yet of Charles sharing official duties with his mother on the world stage. The future king will stand in for the Queen at some of the day’s key engagements.
It has been stated that these events will most likely be the Queen’s last official foreign visits. The Queen turns 88 in April and, since suffering illness last spring, has steadily been shifting responsibility to younger generations of the royal family.