Queen Elizabeth II, at the age of 92, is the longest-serving monarch in British history. Since her accession in 1953, she has visited more than 120 countries to promote the Crown. She has often been accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip, yet has also insisted other members of the royals step in to take her place. The reason for this has been revealed just prior to Prince William’s trip to Christchurch, Australia.
The future King will be visiting the nation on behalf of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II to “honour the victims of the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack”.
The Palace said over the course of the trip, “the Duke will meet with those affected by the attack and will pay tribute to the extraordinary compassion and solidarity that the people of New Zealand have displayed in recent weeks.”
The 36-year-old will be taking the official visit from April 25 to 26.
Yet it is not a strange occurrence for him to do so, with royal biographer Robert Hardman detailing the real reason why other royals often represent the crown.
In his new book, Queen of the World, he wrote: “The Queen has always relied on members of her family to act, as David Cameron puts it, in ‘loco retinae’.
“As she herself has often said, ’I can’t be everywhere and I can’t do everything.’”
Robert added: “Throughout her reign, members of the family have had to stand in for her, none more so than the Duke of Edinburgh.”
Prince Philip retuned from official royal duties in 2017.
Since then, the Queen has sometimes taken on her duties solo.
While she often appears cheery and confident as she meets a host of diplomats, members of the public and politicians, one of the monarch’s real fears has been revealed.
Royal writer Kitty Kelley has shone light on the Queen’s seeming less than confident side in her recent book.
The Royals details the difference in character between the monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh, 96, during their previous official state trips abroad.
She said during such occasions, Queen Elizabeth II appeared to feel “self conscious” about “the gaps in her education.”
Kitty wrote: “Philip chatted with anyone about anything, while Elizabeth worried constantly about what to say.”
She added how Elizabeth was said to have confided her worries about public conversation with a close friend, and quoted the chat during which the monarch is said to have stated: “Believe it or not, I lie in my bath before dinner, and think, Oh, who am I going to sit by and what do they talk about?”