Queen Elizabeth II the longest serving monarch is currently suffering from a serious cold that forced her to skip annual royal holiday celebrations, including Christmas and New Year services.
The 90-year-old monarch has reportedly resumed her royal duties over a fortnight after her illness with reports shared on Wednesday of her giving an honor to a member of her staff in a private ceremony.
She also sent a personal message of condolence to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday after the New Year’s Eve attack on a nightclub in Istanbul which killed 39 people.
Although these translate to a resumption of official duties by Queen Elizabeth II, it still remains unclear when the queen will be next seen in public.
As Queen Elizabeth II battled the illness, several false news stories reporting her death circulated on social media and the palace was forced to issue a statement denying a particular tweet by a fake BBC account that the queen had indeed died.
Now, a group which is advocating for Australia to remain under the British monarchy has informed its members to begin preparations for the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The Australian Monarchists League told its supporters that the queen’s death will be “as though a safety net has disappeared.”
Phillip Benwell the National chair of the league wished the queen a “speedy recovery” while additionally urging supporters to seriously consider life after her reign, according to the Guardian. He wrote;
“The Queen has been a part of the lives of all her subjects for over 60 years, …Most were born during her reign. It will be as though a safety net has disappeared because we have always had a sort of assured faith that the Queen is there to protect us.”
“That faith won’t be there when Charles becomes king because it is something that is earned and is not automatic,”
He went on to assure that Prince Charles as the new King would grow in the job and told the Daily Telegraph that he believed most Australians would accept Prince Charles as the new king.
The queen’s health condition has sparked questions about who will succeed her should she decide to give up the throne or die. Prince Charles, her eldest son, is the first in line for the throne of England followed by Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.