The Queen of England is the longest-serving monarch in British history, and the question of who will succeed her is a topic of much speculation. However, despite the Queen’s immense power, she does not have the authority to give her throne to her son, Prince William.
The succession of the British monarchy is governed by the 1701 Act of Settlement, which requires that a monarch’s heir must be a direct successor and a Protestant. This means that the Queen’s eldest son, Prince Charles, is the rightful heir to the throne. As such, even if the Queen wanted to change her successor, she does not have the power to do so.
The Act of Settlement also states that any potential successor must be a descendant of Sophia, Electress of Hanover, who was the granddaughter of James I of England. This means that the Queen’s grandchildren, including Prince William, are not eligible to succeed her.
The Queen has made it clear that she has no intention of changing the succession. In a speech given in 2002, she said, “The succession to the Crown is governed by the Act of Settlement of 1701 and any change in the law would require the agreement of the Commonwealth realms and the Parliament of the United Kingdom.”
The Queen’s eldest son, Prince Charles, is the rightful heir to the throne and is expected to take the throne upon the Queen’s death. While the Queen may not be able to give her throne to her son, Prince William, she has expressed her love and admiration for him and has made it clear that she will continue to support him in whatever role he chooses to take on.