The relocating of staff within Buckingham Palace suggests that the first steps are being taken to bring Prince Charles to the throne. A merging of palace staff has begun, which sees Prince Charles' aide become the media chief for the entire Royal household. These recent changes in the palace are being interpreted by many as an effective 'job-share' of the monarchy as the Queen grows old. Charles will stand in for his mother at some of the day's major engagements, further signs that he is increasingly taking on the role as monarch. Royal aides are expected to make the announcement this week, revealing that the Prince's media team has been merged with that of the Queen. Read more >>
The cartoon by Paul Thomas from the Daily Express shows the Queen and Prince Charles wearing each other's clothes. The Queen is carrying a briefcase and Charles has a handbag slung over his shoulder. One of the guards on duy outside Buckingham Palace comments; "Now they're sharing everything in preparation for Charles taking over ..."
If you take over from someone, you begin to do something that someone else was doing. • Jane took over as director after Richard retired.
It may be a while yet before Charles takes over. The Queen has no plans to adbicate and her mother lived until the age of 101.