Is it the end of the line for Queen Elizabeth?

Earlier today the bookmaker Coral closed the market on bets around whether the Queen would announce in her Christmas broadcast this year that she was to step down. This would follow the practice of other European Monarch’s who have annouced their abidications in favour of a younger generation.

There was a flurry of bets in the aftermath of her speech being recorded by the BBC.

Buckingham Palace has denied the report.

So, will Queen Elizabeth step down in 2015?

David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs

donate to keep slugger lit