Queen Elizabeth health news – How Kate Middleton could be handed Her Majesty's power if tragic events unfold

THE Queen celebrates her 96th birthday this month and landmark Platinum Jubilee this year, but Kate could be handed Her Majesty's power if several tragic events unfolded.

Since the monarch caught COVID from Prince Charles earlier in the year, more talk has turned to what happens next.

In line for the throne are Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George, but according to GB News, Kate Middleton could see herself with all powers of the monarch under legal guidelines.

In the case that the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William pass on, Kate may end up with the legal powers of the monarch until Prince George is of age to take the throne.

This will be due to the Regency Act 1937, which states that if a monarch is incapable of ruling for health reasons, or because the sovereign is not yet of age, then their legal guardian would step in.

In Prince George's case, if he was to ascend to the throne before he turned 18 then Kate, his legal guardian, would take charge.

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Louis Allwood

    Kate Middleton beams at Anzac Day Service

    Kate Middleton looked stunning in white as she arrived at today's Anzac Day Service while the Queen was seen smiling days after celebrating her 96th birthday. 

    The Duchess of Cambridge beamed as she arrived at Westminster Abbey to mark the national day of remembrance for Australians and New Zealanders. 

    Dressed in a white Alexander McQueen coat dress with matching hat, Kate paired the outfit with matching pearl earrings and a poppy. 

    She smiled as she arrived to join her husband at the annual service to commemorate the Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars and conflicts over the years.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Harry promises to keep the Invictus Games alive

    The Games took place in the Hague this year and has come to an end.

    The 2025 Games location has been revealed as Canada, sparking excitement.

    The games are intended to support and empower wounded and injured servicemen and women.

    The Royal founder attended this year's games with his wife, Meghan, after visiting Prince Charles and the Queen in the UK.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    William and Harry aren't as even-toned as their father

    It's been reported Princess Diana was more expressive than the rest of the royal family.

    According to royal author and journalist, Robert Jobson, Prince Charles struggles with William and Harry's mood swings.

    They appear to have taken after their mother.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Prince Charles urged not allow Harry and Meghan back

    Last week, Harry and Meghan met with the Queen and Prince Charles.

    The meeting is said to have gone very well despite the couple missing Prince Philip's memorial service earlier in the year to mark a year since his passing.

    After Meghan and Harry's interview with Oprah, Princes Charles and William were said to be be angry with Harry for suggesting they were "trapped" by the firm.

    However, the bonds appear to be rebuilding and there is talk that Charles is considering allowing the Sussexes back, though he is being urged not to.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Platinum Jubilee structure to go up outside Buckingham Palace

    Wooden structure is expected to go up outside Buckingham Palace.

    According to the BBC, the structure will contain 350 native British trees.

    The structure is said to represent the trees planted as part of the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Predatory behaviour is nothing new for Andrew

    Ex-royal aide claims Prince Andrew lunged at her.

    Nicola Palmer, who was 21 at the time, explained she had to outrun the prince.

    The Queen's third-born and ex-wife were out at the time but Andrew returned early.

    Palmer wore a top with the slogan 'Think my pants off' written across the chest.

    She claimed the accused sex-offender stared at her chest before asking her what it meant a number of times.

    Under pressure, the then-21 year old fumbled an explanation resulting in the prince lunging at her.

    She managed to run to the top of the stairs to get away from him.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Andrew's misfortune is great for Kate

    Andrew's titles are up for grabs after he was stripped of military titles.

    Colonel of the Grenadier Guards is set to be passed over to Kate Middleton according to the Metro.

    The Duchess would be the first woman to hold the title in 80 years – the Queen was the last to hold the title before she took to the throne.

    Prince Andrew was stripped of his title in the wake of Virginia Giuffre accusing him of sexual abuse and rape.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    The shadow of their siblings loomed large for Harry and Margaret

    More talk has turned to who will succeed the Queen as it's reported William hopes to succeed the Queen instead of his father.

    Prince Charles is first in line to the throne, with Prince William second and his eldest child, Prince George following behind him.

    The Queen, who celebrated her 96th birthday was reportedly close to her sister, Princess Margaret, reportedly found the weight of the crown a burden at first after the death of her father and abdication of her uncle.

    Princess Margaret, however, notoriously enjoyed lavish parties and alcohol while yearning for the limelight.

    In recent years, William has toed the line to the throne while Harry has historically found his position difficult, now choosing to leave the Firm entirely.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    The Palace Papers – real Royal life is the stuff of soap operas

    A tell-all book covering the biggest Royal scandals and secrets of the last 25 years will have you shocked.

    Former Vanity Fair and New Yorker editor, Tina Brown, known for writing The Diana Chronicles has put pen to paper once again to give us the juiciest details about one of the world's most famous families.

    Brown gives us knew information including what may be considered a quirk by some and a clear case of snobbery from others – Prince Charles insists on taking his own toilet seat and bed on trips.

    A source is quoted in the book describing Charles from his mother's perspective: "Too needy, too vulnerable, too emotional, too complicated, too self-centered."

    The Palace Papers will be available from tomorrow.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    William and Kate ignore Harry's concerns

    Despite direct questions about Harry's comments, the Cambridges had nothing to say.

    Leaving the London offices of the Disasters Emergency Committee, William and Kate were asked about the Queen's safety.

    According to Good Morning America, a broadcaster asked: "Sir, does the Queen need protecting?" to which he was met with silence.

    This came after Prince Harry claimed he is making sure the Queen is "protected", "has the right people around her" and that he shares a "special" relationship with his 96-year-old grandmother.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    William to succeed the Queen? Foolish!

    It's been reported Prince William has intent to succeed his grandmother.

    In doing so, Prince Charles would have to abdicate the throne as he is next in line for the crown.

    A royal expert has branded the idea foolish, however.

    As the Queen turned 96 this week, more talk has turned to what will happen after her and the state of the Royal family as a whole.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Unbreakable bond between the Queen and her grandson

    Harry has spoken fondly of his grandmother and their 'special' relationship.

    In the last few years, Harry and Meghan have made headlines for some of their choices with many fearing the effect they have on the Queen.

    On Harry's recent trip to the UK, he made an effort to visit the longest-reigning monarch.

    He ha since spoken of the close bond they have, suggesting their relationship is as strong as ever.

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  • Joseph Gamp

    Prince Harry ‘blindsided and insulted’ the Queen and ‘left William seething’

    PRINCE Harry left William seething by blindsiding and insulting the Queen when he quit royal life, an expert claimed.

    The Duke of Sussex's list of demands for a part-time, commercial-royal future was seen as disrespectful to Her Majesty, Robert Jobson added.

    And Prince William was most upset by Harry and Meghan Markle's surprise launch of the Sussex Royal website, featuring the wish list, the Mail On Sunday reported.

    After the Queen ruled they could not use the word "Royal", the couple wrote on the site: "While there is not any jurisdiction by the Monarchy over the use of the word “Royal” overseas, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use “Sussex Royal” or Royal”.’

    A source close to William told Mr Jobson: "That was it for William.

    "He felt they'd blindsided the Queen in such an insulting and disrespectful way."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Trump says Harry is an embarrassment

    DONALD Trump has sensationally called for the Queen to strip Prince Harry and Meghan of their royal titles in a world exclusive interview with Piers Morgan.

    The former US President also said Harry, who quit royal duty to live in the States with Meghan, was the most “whipped” man he has ever seen.

    Trump’s incendiary interview can be seen on Piers Morgan Uncensored — airing on Monday at 8pm on TalkTV.

    In an astonishing interview, on TalkTV at 8pm, the former US ­President predicts Harry will crawl back to London once Meghan has dumped him.

    Trump also tells Piers about his love of the Queen — and how he was wrong to storm off GMB.

  • Milica Cosic

    Pippa Middleton’s father-in-law ‘questioned over claims he raped a girl’

    PIPPA Middleton’s father-in-law has reportedly been questioned by a French judge over claims that he raped a 16-year-old girl – four years after the allegations first emerged.

    David Matthews was reportedly interviewed by Judge Jean Rea in Paris on June 16 and December 7 last year.

    The 78-year-old entrepreneur is accused of raping the then teenager on two occasions between 1998 and 1999.

    It is alleged it was firstly in Paris and then again on the Caribbean island of St Barts where he owns the £5,000-a-night Eden Rock hotel.

    He vehemently denies the allegations.

  • Milica Cosic

    Queen has a ‘soft spot’ for Harry

    A royal expert has claimed that the Queen has a “soft spot” for Prince Harry, and is “still devoted to him” despite Megxit.

    Robert Hardman, author of the new biography ‘Queen of Our Times’, told the Washington Post: “I think she’s sad about it, but I don’t think it’s all-consuming.

    “She’s still very fond of Harry.

    “There’s the family stuff and the business stuff, and the business stuff is non negotiable.

    “You can’t do this, Harry. I’m sorry. It’s just the way it is.

    “And her officials will tell his officials that, and those conversations will happen at arm’s length.”

    He added: “But he’s still devoted to her, and she’s still devoted to him.

    “They still talk. I’m told he talks to her more often than he talks to anyone else in the family.

    “He’s still quite cheeky and can get away with things that others possibly can’t. She’s got a soft spot for him.”

  • Milica Cosic

    William tried to 'sort out' issues with Meghan & Harry

    According to a new book, Prince William played a huge part in attempts to resolve issues ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.

    Royal author Robert Jobson has shed light on the tensions emerging in the run-up to the May 2018 nuptials in his new book ‘William at 40: The Making Of A Modern Monarch’.

    In the Mail on Sunday, Mr Jobson wrote: "It’s often assumed that Catherine [Duchess of Cambridge] played the role of mediator when tensions began mounting during the run-up to Harry’s wedding.

    "Not so, says a source close to both brothers: in fact, William himself put the most effort into bridge-building.

    The source is quoted as saying: "Every time there was a drama, or a member of staff was on the verge of quitting, William would personally try and sort it out."

  • Milica Cosic

    When is the Platinum Jubilee extra bank holiday?

    Brits can enjoy an extra bank holiday in 2022, scheduled for Friday, June 3.

    The late May Bank Holiday will move to June 2 to make it a four-day weekend running from Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5.

    And hopefully the June dates will mean a better chance of good weather.

    The late May bank holiday is traditionally on the last Monday in the month.

  • Milica Cosic

    Harry’s remark on Queen being ‘protected’ is a dig at her aides

    A royal expert has claimed that Prince Harry is believed to have hit out at some of the Queen’s closest aides who helped draft his Megxit terms, during his interview with NBC’s Today.

    One source told The Sun: “The protection comment is perceived to refer to the way he thinks the Queen is ill-advised by those around her, particularly during the Megxit Sandringham Summit.”

    And royal commentator Ingrid Seward said: “It’s totally aimed at the advisers around the Queen that Harry dislikes and he feels contributed to his downfall.

    “Megxit is done as far as British people are concerned and Harry really needs to move on.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Why are the Queen's hands purple?

    Sharp-eyed royal fans were concerned to see Her Majesty's hand was a dark purple colour as she took part in the face to face meeting.

    Dr Jay Verma, from the Shakespeare Medical Centre, told Metro: ‘It might be Raynaud’s phenomenon or just really cold hands!

    “The purple is due to deoxygenated blood.’

    The Queen was previously pictured with purple hands in 2019, when she hosted King Abdullah, Queen Rania and Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan at Buckingham Palace in May 2019.

    It raised initial concerns that the issue may be the result of something other than her advancing years.

    However, the medical expert added that the darker hue can be caused by anything from lack of circulation, frail skin and exposed veins, to bruising and a leakage of blood to the tissue.

  • Milica Cosic

    Sophie and Edward branded 'British oligarchs'

    A slavery reparations campaigner has branded the Earl and Countess of Wessex "British oligarchs" and said he was disappointed their visit to Grenada was cancelled which was meant to be part of a seven-day tour of the Caribbean to mark the Queen's 70-year reign.

    Arley Gill, chairman of the Grenada's National Reparations Committee, said: "We… on learning that we had these British oligarchs visit Grenada, wrote to the Governor-General, the Queen's representative here in Grenada to have an audience with the Earl and Countess of Wessex to discuss the topic of reparations.

    "So in a way we are a bit disappointed that they are not coming so we're not able to have that conversation with them."

  • Milica Cosic

    Kate and William send Prince George for 'trial day' at new school

    According to reports, Prince George had a 'trial day' at a new school close to Windsor.

    A source has claimed the third-in-line to the throne visited a new school for a "settling in-style trial class" arranged by teachers.

    The establishment is said to be one George's parents have visited multiple times.

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince Harry ‘blindsided and insulted’ the Queen

    PRINCE Harry left William seething by blindsiding and insulting the Queen when he quit royal life, an expert claimed.

    The Duke of Sussex’s list of demands for a part-time, commercial-royal future was seen as disrespectful to Her Majesty, Robert Jobson added.

    And Prince William was most upset by Harry and Meghan Markle’s surprise launch of the Sussex Royal website, featuring the wish list, the Mail On Sunday reported.

    After the Queen ruled they could not use the word “Royal”, the couple wrote on the site: “While there is not any jurisdiction by the Monarchy over the use of the word “Royal” overseas, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex do not intend to use “Sussex Royal” or Royal”.’

    A source close to William told Mr Jobson: “That was it for William.

    “He felt they’d blindsided the Queen in such an insulting and disrespectful way.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Prince Andrew LUNGED at me, says ex-royal aide (2/2)

    Nicola, who quit her job as the Duchess of York’s live-in PA after just four months, said: “I was off duty, but I was helping Beatrice and Eugenie’s nanny.

    “I got Beatrice’s face-pack on my T-shirt, so I rushed to my accommodation to get another, flung it on without even looking at it, and rushed back.

    “Suddenly I heard a noise, I looked into the corridor and the Duke was there. I waited for him to approach as I was required to curtsy, then he looked at my chest.

    “I remember him staring at me, grinning, looking me in the eye and asking me to explain what that meant. I froze.

    “I looked at him and said nothing. But then he said, ‘Well, go on’.

    “It was very strange. I was considerably younger than him, why was he asking me to explain this?

    “But I think he knew what it was, and I felt uncomfortable.

    “The next thing, I was fumbling my words and I said, ‘You have to think of me with my pants off.’ I couldn’t think to explain it any other way.

    “And with that he seemed to lunge towards me. I turned to my left and ran upstairs to the attic. I screamed for a split second.

    “I was alarmed. But when I reached the top I turned around, and he was gone.”

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