The Possibility of Prince Charles to Assume the Throne and His Perspectives as King
Queen Elizabeth ascended the British throne in 1953 and has been the ruling figure ever since. Should her son Prince Charles ascend the throne, here are the things expected to happen. Think British and the first thing that comes to mind is Queen Elizabeth exuding regal elegance – right next to charming British men with adorable accents that is. It is quite hard to imagine anyone on the British throne asides the monarch. However, a curious mind would still wonder what would follow should her son, the Prince of Wales ascend to power. Will Charles retain his name? Will Camilla be Queen? Here are a few things expected to happen.
CHARLES WILL GO INTO MOURNING
The first 12 days of Charles reign as King will be spent mourning the Queen's passing. Britain will go into mourning so that Charles' first role is presiding over a nation in mourning. It is also expected that during this period, the Queen's body will be laid in Westminster Hall. Also, anyone who wishes to pay respects will be allowed to visit. After 12 days, the Queen's funeral will take place, and Charles's official coronation ceremony would most probably come several months after.
CHARLES WILL FORMALLY ADDRESS THE NATION
Charles' first duty would be addressing the nation as the new King. Also, Charles will pay a visit to Edinburgh, Belfast, and Cardiff in a bid to unite the country. That is in line with a series of plans, reportedly known as Operation London Bridge, which guides the Queen's succession. Immediately the Queen passes, the BBC will report the news, and all British radio stations will play solemn music. Ultimately, the national anthem will be changed from "God Save the Queen" to "God Save the King."
CHARLES MAY CHOOSE TO CHANGE HIS NAME
The British tradition allows that monarchs change their name if they so desire. Charles may, therefore, choose to be called King Philip, King Arthur, or King George - the three middle names Queen Elizabeth gave her son. It is believed that Charles may likely do this because former rulers that went by the name King Charles were somewhat scandalous.
HE MAY CHOOSE TO FORFEIT THE THRONE
When Prince Charles ascends the throne, his son William becomes the Prince of Wales and also becomes the next in line to the throne. That may, however, happen faster than expected. It has been a subject of discussion for the media since decades past that Prince Charles may choose to pass on the responsibility of being King to William. Many, however, believe it will likely never happen. Queen Elizabeth has a life blessed with longevity and indeed well lived. The United Kingdom hasn't held a coronation for nearly seven decades now. In history, Queen Elizabeth's coronation is known to be the very first to be televised!
WILL PRINCE CHARLES BE THE OLDEST CROWNED HEIR
Prince Charles was born to Queen Elizabeth on the 14th of November, 1948. He has been the direct heir to the throne since he was three years old and till now he is the heir apparent. When exactly will he be crowned? That is when the Queen leaves the throne as a result of death. The 96 years old Queen looks as agile as ever, so Prince Charles might not be King anytime soon. So will Prince Charles be the oldest Monarch to be crowned? The Queen herself ascended the throne at the age of 25 after her father's death.
Presently, Prince Charles is 70 and will be 71 next month. He had surpassed the last oldest Monarch to be crowned who was 64 when he was eventually crowned, that was William IV. The oldest heir in line to the throne, other than Charles was Sophia of Hanover who died at the age of 83, 2 months before the Monarch died. Right now, Prince Charles will be the oldest heir apparent since he has been the heir apparent since he was 3. The last person who held that position as long as he did was Edward VII, who was 59 when he ascended the throne after Queen Victoria.
CAMILLA WILL BECOME QUEEN CONSORT
Last but not least, Camilla, who is currently married to Prince Charles, will be formally addressed as the Queen consort. Not many approved of the couple's relationship given its somewhat scandalous beginnings, but the couple has stood the test of time. The marriage has lasted for well over a decade despite Camilla's infamy. When Prince Charles and Camilla tied the knot, the majority of British citizens disapproved of her taking the title of Queen upon Charles's eventual coronation.
In response, Charles announced that at his ascension, Camilla would take a different title: Princess Consort. The new title, created just for Camilla, was intended to avoid PR problems and it worked. Camilla is now much more widely accepted, and it is believed that she will be known officially as Queen Consort.
WHAT WILL BE CAMILLA'S OFFICIAL TITLE
After Camilla got married to Prince Charles in 2005, she became the Duchess of Cornwall. Well when the Prince of Wales becomes king, she will be bestowed the title of princess consort. Vanity Fair supports this, mentioning that:
"According to recent reports, she will eventually become queen consort, the customary title fit the wife of a reigning king."
An oxford university law professor, Pavlos Eleftheriadis, talked about the topic, elucidating that the Duchess of Cornwall will become Queen under the Treason Act 1351 and also as the wife of the sovereign under the Regency Act two of 1937.
Pavlos said:" The wife of a head of state is not a joint head of state, however. The sovereign reigns on his or her own. In that sense, Camilla will be a 'Queen' in the limited legal sense of being the wife of the sovereign." As a result of the scandal she had with the prince before, it would be hard to call her Queen or Queen Consort, instead, she'd be called Princess Consort.
WILL SHE HAVE ADDITIONAL DUTIES?
As the wife of the Prince of Wales, Camilla already has her job cut out for her. She is always beside her husband when he needs to show up at cogent royal family events. She is also a spearheader of many charities that includes organizations for survivors of sexual assault, empowerment of women and even the arts.
When Prince Charles becomes king, his duties will double, so will hers. She will be needed to be of service to her people and also have more involvement in charities. She will also be traveling a great deal and will have a duly arranged schedule. So yes, she will have more duties as a Queen.
Although people still doubt that she qualifies to be a Queen, yet she proves herself to be more than capable of blending into royal life and duties. Do you find any of these unsettling, if yes, start the conversation! If you enjoyed reading, do well to share with other royal fans!