“I hope I made you proud, Mummy,” The Sun said after Prince Charles stepped in for the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament this week.
The monarch missed the ceremony for the first time in 59 years on the advice of doctors, leaving her apparently “emotional” eldest son to deliver the Queen’s speech on her behalf, “in a historic change of protocol”. paper reported.
The presence of the Prince of Wales in the House of Lords on Tuesday “was a striking visual moment in an ongoing transition of power,” he said The Washington Post. And when “Britain’s longest-waiting king in office” got his “moment in the spotlight”, the newspaper added, “it was possible to get a glimpse of what he might be like as king”.
As king, “Charles will likely continue to champion causes that he has already been passionate about,” he said The Telegraph.
Climate change is expected to remain high on the 73-year-old prince’s agenda. At the opening ceremony of last year’s Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow, Charles gave a speech calling for urgent action and warning that time was “literally up”.
And in a pre-taped address last month before the Our Ocean Conference hosted by the US and Republic of Palau, he warned that “we are literally poisoning ourselves” from pollution.
His outspoken stance on environmental issues has been praised by activists, but concerns have also been raised about how this commitment aligns with his royal duties. “I wonder how Prince Charles felt reading a #QueensSpeech with a big fat zero on the subject of the environment…” tweeted former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas after Tuesday’s ceremony.
Over the years, several government ministers have received private letters from Charles — also known as “Black Spider Memos” because of his distinctive handwriting — on subjects ranging from agriculture to high schools.
Such interventions have earned the prince a reputation for being intrusive, unlike the queen, who has been vowed “to stay almost completely out of public debates on political matters,” she said The guard in 2014.
Royal insiders told the newspaper Charles wants to recast the role of monarch and intervene “heartily” in national life as king. “He will remain true to his beliefs and contributions,” a source said.
Royal experts have suggested that as king, Charles may seek to reduce the ranks of the royal family. “There’s this feeling that Charles wants a stripped down monarchy to make sure everyone does their bit and [there are] no so-called hangers-on,” Camilla Tominey of The Telegraph said in her Royal insight video series.
Speculation as to who might make the final cut is rife. “We can expect Camilla to take a leading role as is customary for the monarch’s wife,” he said Marie Claire. “As for the rest of the royals, future heir Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge will almost certainly retain their current roles.”
Looking further ahead, three of Charles’ grandchildren – George, Charlotte and Louis, currently third, fourth and fifth in line to the throne – are also likely to assume increasing royal responsibilities.
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