Britain's Prince Charles has taken a very keen interest in the abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

Earlier this week, the 74-year-old Dutch monarch decided to give up the throne after 33 years in favour of her eldest son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, and Charles - who has been heir-to-the-throne for the majority of his life - is paying a lot of attention to the developments.

A source told the Daily Telegraph newspaper: "The prince thinks it is a very interesting decision."

Last year, Charles, 64, spoke of "running out of time" to take the throne.

He said: "Impatient? Me? What a thing to suggest. Yes, of course I am. I'll run out of time soon. I shall have snuffed it if I'm not careful."

However, his mother, Queen Elizabeth, recently announced she has no plans to abdicate as she celebrated her Diamond Jubilee.

She said in a statement: "In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope that we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness.

"I hope also that this jubilee year will be a time to give thanks for the great advances that have been made since 1952 and to look forward to the future with clear head and warm heart as we join together in our celebrations."

  1. by janfrie 01st Feb 2013 06:57

    why doesn't she just do it -abdicate i mean. she's had a good innings and at 86 cannot do the job justice and more royals have to be drafted in to help.
    this is the 21st century- we are just not impressed with her 'on the throne for life' attitude. 99.9 per cent of people have to retire at some stage - and so should she!!

  2. by Pro.Dr.Stella Berry 07th Feb 2013 10:31

    It has been traditional for British Monarchs to remain on their thrones until the time of their deaths.

    "The king/Queen is dead, long live the King/Queen"

    But in this modern day and age, it seems only logical that our beloved Queen Elizabeth II- at 86, might consider stepping down and letting The Prince of Wales fill her shoes.

    I am sure she would be very p[leased to retire to her dogs, horses and more rural houses.

    Charles is well trained to be King and I would like to see him fulfill his role before he gets much older.

    "Long live the King!"