Royal courtiers have discussed the possibility of Prince Charles becoming the Prince Regent should the Queen become unable to fulfil her duties, it has been reported.
In a prudent act, royal household staff have studied the Regency Act to ensure they are prepared for every eventuality, according to the Daily Telegraph.
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Prince Charles could become Prince Regent if the Queen becomes too ill to carry out her duties
The last regency in Britain took place between 1811 and 1820 when George III was incapacitated by mental illness and his son was granted his full powers.
Although the act is in place, it remains unlikely that Charles will become Prince Regent.
At 88-years-old, the Queen remains active and healthy. While she has understandably handed on a few responsibilities to her son, there is no expectation that she will not be able to carry out her duties at any point in her lifetime.
She has also repeatedly made it clear that she regards her sovereignty as a job for life, with no question of her abdicating.
Last May, the Palace issued a formal denial that Charles would become Prince Regent when speculation mounted following the announcement he would take over his mother's duties at the Commonwealth summit.