Declining Queen tidying up loose family ends before reign ends, says expert

A dedicated Queen is trying to 'tie up loose ends' in the Royal Family as her health declines, a royal expert has claimed.

This follows symbolic moves by Her Majesty to allow her son and heir Prince Charles to appear in her place for a number of high-profile royal appearances.

This included the Queen's Speech in May and a thanksgiving service for the Platinum Jubilee earlier this month.

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Speaking to the Daily Mirror's podcast Pod Save the Queen, biographer Andrew Morton said: "The Queen is a very tidy person and even as a little girl she used to keep her shoes all lined up properly and wake up in the night and make sure everything was tidy, so there is a tidiness about her character.

"And you can see there is a lot of tidying up going on at the minute towards the end of the reign."

"The biggest issue that needed to be tidied was Camilla and how she will be referred to in the future.

"The Queen has incrementally bought [Camilla's] status higher and higher. A few years ago she put her in the Privy Council so she could be there when the succession was announced.

Despite her advanced years the Queen has proven once again that she is a trendsetter this week, as the 96-year-old Monarch was seen with a new hairstyle.

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During a meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury on Tuesday (June 21) she appeared to have a classic hairstyle for women of a certain age – the perm.

And she was also seen without a walking aid of any kind, for the first time for many months.

It was her first public appearance since her Platinum Jubilee celebrations which took place across four days at the beginning of the month.

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