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Queen Elizabeth II gradually handing over duties to son

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LONDON (NBC) -- - More of Queen Elizabeth’s duties are being handed over to her son and heir, Prince Charles.

The Queen's 62-year-reign has left Charles the longest waiting heir in history, and with more responsibilities comes a higher profile.

The palace confirmed that the press offices of Charles and the Queen will merge very soon, with Charles' main press officer reportedly taking over for family.

In June, he is expected to travel with the Queen to France commemorating the Normandy invasion, even to stand in for her at times.

For the knighting recently of the Queen's private secretary, he was recognized for "the preparation for the transition to a change of reign."

Although don’t count in succession just yet.

"It doesn't mean that anyone is ill, it doesn't mean that something dramatic will happen, but they don't want things to be seen as a sudden change,” said Robert Jobson, royal editor of the Evening Standard. 

All the young royals have been taking on more official responsibility. William is now studying agriculture at Cambridge and Harry just ended his high-flying army career to help organize military events.

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