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British Queen likely to gradually "shift" royal duties to heirs: paper

English.news.cn   2014-01-20 00:27:50

LONDON, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- British Queen Elizabeth II is said to begin sharing some of the monarch's duties with her son Prince Charles, as the latter is set to stand in for his mother in a growing number of official activities, a British newspaper reported Sunday.

The 66-year-old Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, will accompany the 88-year-old Queen to France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Allies' landings in Normandy in 1944, and attend some of the "key engagements" in place of his mother, according to a front-page report by the Sunday Times.

The move shows the two will "move towards what is in effect a job-share," the report said.

The press offices of the Queen and Prince Charles are to be merged, with the new office to be run by the Prince's staff, further signaling Prince Charles will assume more royal responsibility, according to the report.

Last year, Prince Charles accompanied the Queen to attend the state opening of British parliament in May and represented his mother at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Colombo of Sri Lanka in November.

Thirty-two-year-old Prince William and 30-year-old Prince Harry, the two sons of Prince Charles and his first wife Diana, have both left their jobs as pilots in the military and taken on new careers recently in an alleged bid to prepare for more royal responsibilities.

Editor: Mengjie
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