Queen's abdication speculation nothing but a PR stunt
Former Royal Editor
Welcome to April Fool's Day 2!
When a leading bookmakers announced it was suspending betting on the Queen abdicating in her pre-recorded Christmas message it was job done: a PR stunt that got the Twitterati jabbering and palace officials forced to offer a firm denial.
Apparently, you could have got odds of 10-1 on the Queen stepping down on Christmas Day until a "rush of bets" raised suspicions of insider knowledge.
The bookies clearly do believe there's one born every minute!