Recently the Dutch Queen Beatrix made headlines when she abdicated in favour of her son and stepped down to be just Princess Beatrix after serving as the Queen for 39 long years.
64 years old Prince Charles is the longest-serving heir apparent in British history. And now in a sign of things to come, for the first time in 17 years the Queen was accompanied by her eldest son at the State Opening of Parliament, which took place Tuesday.
Already, there have been a surprise announcement by Buckingham Palace that, in a 40-year first, the Queen will not attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference. Instead, Charles will take her place at the two-day event in Sri Lanka in November.