Why is Queen Elizabeth not handing over the kingdom to Prince Charles formally? She appears to have her reasons, one of which is her great-granddaughter, Princess Charlotte.

This comes as a new research claims that one-third of Britons want Her Majesty should retire.

According to the YouGov poll (per Daily Star), public opinion on whether the Monarch should remain as head of state for the rest of her life has shifted significantly.

A third of those polled say the Queen should hand over the throne to her eldest son, Prince Charles, who represented his mother during the State Opening of Parliament last week.

Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne since 1952. But her son and grandsons – Prince William and Prince Harry, plus their respective spouses – have taken on increasing responsibilities because of her health problems and mobility issues.

These responsibilities include as royal tours, charity work, and standing in for the Queen at various events and ceremonies. 

Despite her advanced age and her current situation, it does not appear that she will surrender anytime soon. As a result, she will miss the State Opening of Parliament for the first time since 1963, and just the third time during her reign, the first two being due to pregnancy.

Daily Mail, citing a royal source who has spent years observing and working with the royal family, said Queen Elizabeth is not eager to relinquish her crown. 

In fact, the 96-year-old Queen appears to be taking advantage of the royal family's current surge in popularity. Thanks to the younger generation.

The little Princess already understands what it means to be a princess. The tipster said: "I don't think she's going anywhere, anytime soon," says the source. "I think the Queen sees what those boys and their wives bring...Princess Charlotte, already at the age of 3, knows how to work [for] a crowd. Maybe now, through her grandchildren, she can see a way of just staying on the crest of that wave."

Princess Charlotte, who is seven years old and the next female in the line of succession, is also rumored to be involved in the decision-making process for another reason. The seven-year-old is the next female in the line of succession — a whopping four places away.

Showbiz Cheat Sheet pointed out that Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis are the current royal line of succession members. Before the birth of her great-granddaughter, the Queen modified an ancient and sexist law that allowed Prince Louis to skip over his older sister. 

The Perth Agreement abolished "male-preference cognatic primogeniture," which meant that male heirs could no longer bypass female successors in the line of secession.

For now, the queen is willing to stay on and set an example for Princess Charlotte, who is surrounded by strong women, including her mother, Duchess Meghan Markle, and cousins Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, who will be on the throne for many years to come.

Queen Elizabeth II Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reacts during an audience with Switzerland's President Ignazio Cassis (unseen) at Windsor Castle, west of London on April 28, 2022. Photo by Dominic Lipinski/POOL/AFP via Getty Images