Queen paved the way for transition to Charles in final years

Trying to make sure the family firm would keep ticking along after her death. 

London In retrospect, it seems as if she was preparing us all along.

Her down-to-earth style and sense of humor have softened Charles’ stuffy image and made him appear more relaxed.

When the queen weighed in on Feb. 6., she obliquely recognized that her reign would come to an end.

When it came time for the Platinum Jubilee, the palace let it be known that the queen’s ongoing “mobility issues” would limit her role.

Paul’s Cathedral for a service celebrating her reign and led salutes to his mother at a gala concert, appearing with Camilla by his side.