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Queen to gradually hand over charge to Prince Charles?

London: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II seems set to gradually hand over charge to her son and heir to the throne Prince Charles as it emerged that the two will embark on an effective “job share”
PTI January 19, 2014 18:51 IST
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London: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II seems set to gradually hand over charge to her son and heir to the throne Prince Charles as it emerged that the two will embark on an effective “job share” from this year.  

The press offices of the 87-year-old Queen and the Prince of Wales are to be merged, in a further sign of preparations for the day when Prince Charles becomes king.  

The new operation will be run by the prince's spokesperson, but will be based at Buckingham Palace.  “We are merging the press offices to better coordinate various strands of activity,” a palace statement said.

According to a report in ‘The Sunday Times', the 65-year-old Prince of Wales will accompany the Queen on the beaches of Normandy this summer to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the joint trip on June 6 is the most high-profile example yet of Charles sharing official duties with his mother on the world stage.

The future king will stand in for the Queen at some of the day's key engagements.