I am not a fan of monarchies. As an institution supporting the J-Curve and keeping a civilization on the right side of it, I can understand the appeal. The “separation of politics and nationalism” as one British subject described it once. But with the exceptions of Victoria, Elizabeth II, and Gustav II, there have been few men worthy of the position.
I have an increasingly sinking suspicion Dad’s new King will not be one of those three.
The Queen Mother has announced she will be merging her press office with that of the Prince of Wales – her son, Charles – beginning soon. Not long after, he will be tasked with a few of the Head of State roles his mother still practices. Thankfully for his future Subjects, the Queen will still be handling the red boxes and the meetings with the Prime Minister. For the time being at least. Instead, His Royal Highness will be acting as an envoy or even as the Vice-President.
If he does a good job acting as his mother’s envoy, he might be able to stay as King for a few years. Otherwise, the popular sentiment on the street is that if there is to be a King, let it be William. While unlikely to be another Gustav II, William is shaping up to be worthy of the modern British Crown.