The great attraction of the monarchy repeats the human condition the way that politics does not. Politicians are prone to make promises either true or false and deal in the short term. Kings and queens whose births lives, and deaths we all gradually become acquainted. But here the point to be noted is the British people are like their kings and queens whether they are young or old. Queen Elizabeth has been lucky enough to be both.
Unfortunately, The Prince of Wales, Charles will never avail the opportunity. He made a decision decided some time ago that as Prince of Wales, he would make a mark upon history.
Prince Charles’s quandary is not sole, both George IV and Edward VII were nearly 60 by the time they succeeded the throne. With their reputes for greediness and loss living, neither on condition that a happy pattern, although there is comfort in Edward VII, who on fetching king changed from degenerate trainee into likable-enough “grandfather to the nation”.
The Queen has confidence in she has made potential to God, her close connections say there is no scene of her resigning. Maybe, if she turns out to be very ill, she might reexamine her location. Possibly that her son would be requested to liberation the role of a regent – as the future George IV did. Occasionally, it is recommended that Prince Charles might get sick of in the making for that flash, and agree to give up work from the chain.
As per law, when the monarch dies, the heir succeeds to the throne. For him to “retire”, consequently, would need a bill to pass through assembly earlier.
The shocking point here is that even if the Prince of Wales wanted to cut himself out of the succession – and his mother agreed – there are obvious problems. If the crown was not going to be passed on through a politically neutral process like boring old inheritance, why accept that it could just skip an age group and be given in its place to Prince William?
Of course, if Camilla, had to decide to become a Roman Catholic, that would disqualify her from the succession. But in neither case would it finish the monarchy. Whatever becomes of the immediate succession, it looks as if the institution is here to stay.
Of course, Prince Charles is indulged. But then so are many other people, and they live neither in the public eye nor in the knowledge that any one of their staff might earn large sums of money by exposing their all-too-human failings to the newspapers.
The secret weapon of monarchy is not secret at all. It is simply its familiarity. Queen Elizabeth went from vulnerable young woman to doughty grandmother of the nation before her subjects’ eyes. Her son’s progression from gawky schoolboy through student prince to the naval commander, to “callous husband” and then to eccentric middle age has been even more public.
His role is replaced by his sons, who have already noted have become the focus of attention and emotional engagement unlike him. It reflects the people of Britain’s merely strength. People want inspiration, but if they cannot have inspiration, they’ll settle for certainty, constancy, and devotion.
Queen Elizabeth’s remarkable reign is now in its twilight years. She has experienced the greatest social changes in the nation’s history. The institution of monarchy has emerged with its grandeur diminished exactly like the nation.
The end of her supremacy will, in the chestnut, mark the end of an era. The governments of several Commonwealth countries have certainly designated secretly that she will be their last monarch. They have too much admiration for the queen to cast her aside. But they are underwhelmed by Prince Charles and feel that choosing their head of state represents a long late mark of maturity.
Surely, if we were planning a system of government for the 21st century we should not come up with what we have now. The preparations are antique, unfair, and illogical. But monarchies do not function by logic.
The newidea said: “We could easily pack all of them off to live out their lives in harmless eccentricity on some organically managed rural estate. But why bother?”