Platinum Jubilee | the Queen ? and yet?

On Sunday, Elizabeth celebrates 70 years of her reign. But the king’s health is deteriorating and this historic jubilee is also an opportunity to question the future. What do you expect when the queen disappears?

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Jean Christophe Lawrence

Jean Christophe Lawrence

Elizabeth II, disappear? But it is impossible. She is immortal!

Everything suggests so, considering that she has always been there. But at the age of 96, Elizabeth II began to show serious signs of fatigue. Hospital visits, mobility issues, decreased responsibilities. She missed Mass in his honor on Friday due to “illness” and bequeathing her son Charles’ last speech on the throne says a lot about her health.

Let’s admit. But then, when you die, what happens?

Charles becomes king and a state funeral is held. It would be a big thing. Something very big. Next door is the platinum jubilee bingo in the basement of the church. The Queen is no longer just a British figure, she is part of a world heritage. So get ready.

Charles is already 73 years old. Some think he might want to skip his role and leave the crown to William. Is it possible?


Prince Charles upon his arrival for Friday mass

Very unlikely. according to’Settlement Law In 1701, outlining the succession, Charles became king at the exact moment when the queen’s reign came to an end. He would then have to abdicate to be replaced by William. Except that abdication is a taboo word in the Windsor family, he still had the shock of Edward VIII in 1936…

“There is no indication that Charles wants to deliver. He has trained all his life for this role,” sums up Carolyn Harris, historian of the monarchy. “Also, William and Kate still have young children. They won’t particularly want to take on these responsibilities full time. »

What kind of king would Charles be?

Charles has always distinguished himself with his strong opinions and a bit of “left field” on a range of subjects, from architecture to botanicals and ecology. No doubt he will be more conservative once he takes the throne. “I think he would want to preserve, extend and protect his mother’s legacy,” Carolyn Harris suggests. He had plenty of time to watch her and put himself on her. He knows his responsibilities and will undoubtedly adopt a more neutral approach than we are used to. “One thing is for sure, that his judgment will last less than that of his mother…

The Queen is respected, loved and revered. The same cannot be said of Prince Charles. It wouldn’t be easy to put on your mom’s shoes.

Yes, he has a big challenge ahead. In addition, he will become king at the age of seventy. Unlike her mother, who was only 25 years old when she acceded to the throne, who was adopted by an entire nation as her daughter. “He’s going to have to do it, chip Ellie Woodacry, an expert on property ownership at the University of Winchester in England. He’ll probably have more people to convince!”

yes. Let’s talk about William now. Many see him as the savior of the British monarchy. What rule is expected of him?

Photo by Dylan Martinez, Reuters

Prince William and his wife Kate, on Friday

For the monarchy to survive, it must preserve traditions while evolving at the same pace as society. It will be interesting to see how Kate and William manage to maintain this balance. Some are already talking about Cambridge RoadThat is, they will present a more sober and “natural” image and easier access for the royal family. Which won’t stop them from traveling and doing their homework like in the old days, partly at the expense of British taxpayers (£69.4m in 2020, according to Forbes). “It’s hard to predict all of this,” says Carolyn Harris. Where will we be in 10 or 20 years? We will have to see the events that will take place that will shape their judgment…”

The royal family is going through a period of transition and Prince Charles is already starting to take over. Can we talk about a hybrid covenant, or even the beginning of a testament?

Not so fast. To speak of regency, the ruler must be incapable of performing his functions. This is not the case for the Queen, who continues to receive ambassadors, to meet the Prime Minister and peruse official documents in her red box.

“It’s a great example of what I call corporate ownership,” explains Elle Woodacry. The idea is that someone’s name appears on the label, but that person shares responsibilities with others. »

Having said that, “there is a clear message that she is the one who continues to rule,” Carolyn Harris concludes.

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