It’s less than a month until the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee when the country will celebrate 70 years of Her Royal Highness’ reign. Anyone born after 1952 will not remember Britain under any other monarch, but the Queen is having to wind down her duties due to persistent “mobility issues”, with Prince Charles stepping in for the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday.

Having recently celebrated her 96th birthday, the Queen has worked far past retirement age but part of her reluctance to leave the throne likely has much to do with her successor and the faltering reputation of the royal family.