Britain’s King Charles gestures outside Buckingham Palace after Britain’s Queen Elizabeth passed away on September 9, 2022 in London, Britain.
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LONDON – In the millennium-long history of the British royal family, no heir has prepared for the crown longer than this. King Charles III,
He ascended the throne after Thursday the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, At the age of 3, when she became emperor in 1952, fulfilling a destiny laid upon her. Charles’ wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, now holds the title. Patrani,
While Elizabeth was crowned at the age of 27, Charles 73. belong toThe time of ascension is older than that of any other monarch in British history.
Charles is also now the chief Commonwealth, a post-colonial grouping of 54 independent countries comprising 2.4 billion people. He is the head of state in 15 of those countries – including Canada and Australia – although the Queen’s death is likely to have already been a stoke. debate in the caribbean And somewhere else about to ditch its former colonial overlords for good.
Excessive privilege, controversy, and family drama have stoked Seven decades wait for the new king, And there has been a long-running debate about what kind of sovereign she would be after the Queen’s quiet, widely popular reign.
The new king is a millionaire by birthright. His defenders say he has been the most hardworking royal, a tireless campaigner for charitable causes who fought for protection Earning ridicule in a world that had not yet woken up to the impending crisis of global warming, long before such issues became fashionable.
But while the queen was the most popular royal, loved by 75% of people, according to A Running Tracker by Pollster YouGovCharles is liked by 42% and 24% of the British public dislikes him.
Many pundits attribute this to him. Mutual unfaithful marriage to Princess Diana And the royals have not been sympathetic to his death in 1997. Others say this is due to the openly political positions she has taken—a no-no for supposedly nonpolitical royals and a dramatic departure from her harshly fair mother.
The controversy surrounding some of his stances is no secret to the new emperor.
“As you will probably have noticed from time to time, I have made a habit of sticking my head over the parapet and usually shot it to indicate that which has always been glaringly obvious to me. is,” he said in a speech in January 2014.
What makes his opinion potentially difficult is the fact that Britain has a constitutional monarchy, very different from the type of absolute monarchy that wields total, undemocratic political power in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.
So the monarch is Britain’s head of state, but has no real direct political power. They appoint governments, reopen parliament after recess and approve new laws. But they are all rubber-stamping ceremonial functions; As of now, there is no question that the Taj may try to interfere. if done, there will be a political crisis,
The king or queen has weekly meetings with the prime minister. As the 19th-century essayist Walter Baggott wrote in 1867, the British sovereign has “three rights—the right to counsel, the right to encourage, the right to warn.”
The new king has said that he will take a different approach as monarch from the time he was considered prince, telling the BBC in 2018 that it was “absolute nonsense” to suggest that he would be openly political, because ” I’m not that stupid.”
“You only have to look at Shakespeare’s plays, ‘Henry V’ or ‘Henry IV’ Part I and 2, which may change. Because if you become sovereign, you play the role the way it is expected ,” They said. “So, of course, you operate within constitutional standards.”
Still, some critics believe that his on-the-record views could lead to a constitutional crisis if the government adopts a position he has previously supported – from supporting farmers to controversial architecture. until approved – even if there is no evidence that they have actually interfered.
The queen forever seemed unnaturally friendly This quiet, bound role, Full of huge soft power but a bit harsh power. In contrast, the new king has always appeared to be an odd fit.
Queen Elizabeth rests with her three sons, Prince Edward, Prince Andrew and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, to watch Princess Anne ride to the Montreal Olympic Games on July 17, 1976.
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He was born on the evening of November 14, 1948, at Buckingham Palace, while his father, Prince Philip, played squash. Outside, Britain was recovering from the ravages of World War II. the streets of london were deserted Wreck-scattered by the Blitz, and its people faced severe economic hardship which laid the foundation of the modern welfare system of the country. Inside the palace, Prince Charles had entered a parallel world of immense privilege, but also a predetermined duty.
Sally Bedell Smith wrote in her unofficial biography, “the newborn heiress was brought to the vast gilded ballroom by the royal midwife” and placed in a cot “for viewing by the royal courtiers”. life.” Smith said, “Charles was not born before it officially became public property.”
Less than four years later, he became heir to the throne following the death of his grandfather. George V, It was not an easy childhood, agree Smith and other biographers and royal historians. His mother and disciplinarian father were often absent, visiting the Commonwealth for several months at a time and missing Charles’ first two Christmases and his third birthday.
Charles was a “very sensitive and passionate young man”, so his “alpha male” father tried to toughen him up by sending him to Gordonstoun, a rough, spartan boarding school in Scotland, according to royal biographer Tina Browne, with NBC News. Speaking of ‘ Keir Simmons for his podcast “Born to Rule” this year. It’s “absolutely the story of his life”—Charles’ family “was constantly trying to push him into this mold, because he was the future king, that he just didn’t fit,” Brown said.
He graduated with middle grades, later describing the experience as a “prison sentence”.
At the age of 21, Charles told a BBC radio program that he must realize that he would be king “something that happens to you with the most terrible, harshest feeling ever.”