Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8 on the age of 96, forsaking a spectacular legacy and really massive sneakers (massive throne?) to fill. Royal insiders are anxious that the loss of life of the Queen might undermine an already shaky monarchy and destabilize the UK. King Charles III is now the sovereign—however what does that imply for the British individuals and the Commonwealth? “The loss of life of my beloved mom Her Majesty The Queen, is a second of the best unhappiness for me and all members of my household,” King Charles stated in an announcement. “We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mom. I do know her loss will probably be deeply felt all through the nation, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by numerous individuals all over the world.” Here’s what specialists are anxious would possibly occur subsequent.
Queen Elizabeth II was simply 25 when she was topped Queen, making her the longest-serving monarch in British historical past. King Charles III, however, is ascending the throne on the age of 73, making him the oldest particular person to grow to be king in British historical past—which raises the query of simply how lengthy he’ll have the ability to rule earlier than there may be one other main shake-up. “The difficulty is you might be in a no-win state of affairs. If you happen to do completely nothing in any respect … they’re going to complain about that,” King Charles as soon as stated. “If you happen to attempt to get caught in, do one thing to assist, in addition they complain.”
The Commonwealth was already beneath menace, however Queen Elizabeth’s loss of life would possibly result in its full disintegration. Barbados formally eliminated the Queen as its Head of State in November 2021, turning into a republic—and international locations equivalent to Jamaica would possibly comply with. “The federal government has needed to begin the method; the street to turning into a republic just isn’t a straightforward one however they’ve lengthy been coming beneath important strain to do it,” a Jamaican authorities supply says.
Whereas Queen Elizabeth II represented stability and unchanging dedication to responsibility, King Charles has but to earn the identical respect and loyalty from the general public. “There have been numerous adjustments and I feel it unstables [sic!] the nation,” royal professional Angela Levin stated months earlier than the Queen handed away. “She stands for stability, and we’re in a foul state anyway and we do not know what is going on to occur to her.”
Polls confirmed a majority of the British individuals favored the crown going straight to Prince William and skipping proper over Charles—however that was clearly by no means going to occur. “When, within the fullness of time, my son Charles turns into King, I do know you’ll give him and his spouse Camilla the identical assist that you’ve given me; and it’s my honest want that, when that point comes, Camilla will probably be referred to as Queen Consort as she continues her personal loyal service,” Queen Elizabeth stated again in February 2022.
The ascension of Charles to the throne is reminding individuals as soon as once more of Princess Diana, and her unhappy and premature loss of life in 1997. “I would wish to be a queen of individuals’s hearts, in individuals’s hearts, however I do not see myself being the queen of this nation,” she instructed journalist Martin Bashir within the now-infamous 1995 Panorama interview. Diana misplaced her “HRH” title after her divorce from then-Prince Charles—however in line with butler Paul Burrell, 14 year-old Prince William instructed his mom, “Don’t be concerned Mummy, I’ll give it again to you sooner or later when I’m king.”