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Could an elderly person extend their life from sheer determination or spite?

Asked by Patty_Melt (16646points) January 25th, 2020

I have in mind Her Majesty, the Queen.
She was frustrated with her son’s dalliances with his now wife. Harry has made a break for it, and he has in past stated that none really wish to take the throne.
I wish Her Majesty so long a life as she desires. I feel she has shown a lot of class at times even when others would tear their hair and scream. She is, however, quite getting on in years, and there seems no stopping her. Could she be determined to keep the crown until such time as one of her great grandchildren might prove suited?

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rebbel's avatar

I think she’s doing just that for the past decade.
She might, but Charles remains the first in line (if he stays alive that long).
There’s no possibility that William, or George, will be crowned after she dies.

anniereborn's avatar

I’m pretty sure she’d be happy to have Prince William take the crown after her. She may well outlive Charles.

elbanditoroso's avatar

I am not sure that will power has the ability to transcend biology. So I doubt it. But you make a good case with the Queen.

rebbel's avatar

@anniereborn Maybe she would, but it is constitutionally impossible.
My guess is that Charles takes the crown, and quits after a year, to hand it over to William.

Inspired_2write's avatar

Notice that Queen Elizabeth’s mother lived to the age of 102 years of age.

So longevity is in her DNA. I would think that she would live for quite some time.

The Queen made history

“Born April 21, 1926, Queen Elizabeth II is now 93 years old.

Her eldest son Prince Charles, the “heir apparent and future king”, is already 71 years old and
will be the oldest person to assume the throne when Queen Elizabeth dies….”

Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, 1900 – 2002

“Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon was born into British nobility, the 9th of 10 siblings.
In 1923, she married Prince Albert, the Duke of York, having turned down several previous proposals because she had misgivings about royal life.Nov 6, 2019”

Inspired_2write's avatar

Note of interest regarding succession to the Throne.

What happens if Prince Charles dies before the Queen?

“Only if Charles dies before the Queen would William become king when the Queen dies.” This means that if William becomes the king of England, Middleton will become the queen of England.Jan 15, 2019”

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

A little googling shows that Charles could be skipped, if Parliament got involved.

Royal.UK: Succession
”...It therefore came to be established not only that the Sovereign rules through Parliament, but that the succession to the throne can be regulated by Parliament”

University College London – Planning the next Accession and Coronation: FAQs
Q: Might Prince Charles abdicate in favour of William?
A: That would be a matter for Prince Charles, and for Parliament. For the Queen, abdication is said to be unthinkable…

Regarding the Queen’s longevity, I can’t imagine her hanging on miserably for spite. She seems healthy enough (as far as I know, which isn’t very far).

elbanditoroso's avatar

My guess is that Prince Phillip kicks the bucket (he is a VERY weak man), then Elizabeth would not be far behind, either by becoming very ill, or just keeling over.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Is this question about the Queen or just people in general? Just want to know so that I can answer properly :)

kritiper's avatar

No. If someone lives a long life it is the luck of the draw, merely fate. Like someone who smokes his/her whole life until they die near 100 years from colon cancer.

YARNLADY's avatar

If a person does all the proven methods of extending their life, due to determination or spite, they can be successful.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Lol,I don’t know.
Her mother was very long lived, so there is that.

Patty_Melt's avatar

@Mimi, I wrote the question with Her Majesty in mind, but I am interested in the subject overall.
There are many doctors who insist an outlook of optimism is instrumental in recovering from illness. So, could a firm resolve also make a difference in longevity?

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