In his short stint as king, the legacy of King Charles III’s reign so far is how long he waited for it. As the most patient heir-in-waiting in history, he was not until 70 years after becoming heir apparent at the age of three that he succeeded Queen Elizabeth II.
At an age in his life when most are thinking about when to retire or slow down, the UK’s new head of state has just started the most important job of his life. The famous watercolor painting he used to do in his spare time is now a thing of the past. “I don’t have time for that anymore,” the workaholic royal told an attendee earlier this summer.
I wasn’t wrong. Since he took the helm of the House of Windsor on September 8, the King has not stopped. As he led the UK through public mourning, he dutifully toured the country to meet the streams of people who came to pay their respects to him. Behind the scenes, he met with world leaders, Commonwealth Realm High Commissioners, foreign dignitaries and a host of international royalty. On Wednesday he finally “rested” at home, quietly working on those red boxes that his mother used to pass with ease.
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The public sentiment and goodwill that followed Her Majesty’s death have gotten Carolina’s new era off to a good start, but Charles’s greatest test will be to make it last. Unlike the almost flawless reign of the Queen, her son has donned his pristine shoes mud and all.
In the 18 months leading up to this point, his media coverage was dominated by an ongoing police investigation into allegations of honors money scandals linked to his charity, the Prince’s Foundation, which led to the resignation of the foundation’s chief executive. There were also reports that Charles had accepted large charitable donations in plastic bags filled with cash. While none involved any wrongdoing by the King, the claims raised serious concerns about his personal judgment and put him in an uncomfortable spotlight.
One could argue that, now in his eighth decade, it’s unlikely that Charles could really carve out a proper legacy as King. Especially when you compare it to the impressive platinum reign of his mother, whose death has been a reminder of how much he accomplished during his time on the throne. But one look at his great-great-grandfather, King Edward VII, shows that a big impact can be made in a short time.
At 59, ‘Bertie’ became sovereign after Queen Victoria’s 64-year reign in 1901. Although his reputation was far from stellar (many considered him a rebellious playboy), at the time of his death, nine years afterwards, he had managed to achieve a successful reign, greatly enhancing the popularity of the monarchy, displaying a strong skill for diplomacy, and even showing his contemporaries with almost progressive views on race.
Charles no doubt expects his own successes. Although he currently enjoys the feverish support of royalists, the question remains whether he can extend that to the rest of the nation and to younger Britons. Recent polls show that Generation Z and young millennials, many of whom were still reeling from the Queen’s death, are less interested than ever in the monarchy. And while it may not seem like their highest priority, it’s worth noting that older royalists rushing to buy commemorative newspapers aren’t going to be around forever.
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Ultimately, Charles must ensure that the monarchy keeps up. In a way, it’s something he’s been doing ever since he took over royal duties from him. Whether it’s his focus on environmental activism since the 1960s, his deep interest and presence in Britain’s panoply of religious communities, or the 40 years of charitable contributions the Prince’s Trust has made to disadvantaged young people, even the naysayers they would be forced to suggest that the King has not tried to be progressive in the best way that a protected heir can.
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But there is room for improvement. The racism the Sussexes alleged is still in the tall grass he was kicked in and The Firm’s silence during the Black Lives Matter movement is still hard to forget for those who cared. And as more of the 14 Commonwealth Kingdoms move towards abandoning the monarchy and asking for reparations (an inevitable outcome for countries seeking full decolonization), the carefully written “personal pain” about the slave trade presented by first time by Charles will continue to not be an acceptable answer to the important role of the monarchy in it.
The departure of those kingdoms (Antigua and Barbuda are the most recent to announce plans for a Republican referendum) will see the power of the House of Windsor continue to shrink on the world stage. If anything, the royal family will soon need more of the UK on their side. For that to work, multicultural Britain has to see an ally in King Charles. A voice that is not afraid to speak out against the systemic and pervasive racism that affects so many lives. So far, he hasn’t done much of that.
As the nation slides deeper into a cost-of-living crisis and news of rising interest rates pushes the country closer to a full recession, Charles speak of a reduced monarchy will not be enough either. With fewer royal residences occupied and royal duties now mostly carried out by himself, Camilla, two of his siblings and the new Prince and Princess of Wales, the public should quickly see how the Royal Family can cost the country less. under Charles. reign
Despite years of public relations efforts to position Charles center stage and repair his post-Diana image, the queen’s eldest son has spent much of his life overshadowed by others, from his mother to the princess. Diana and, in more recent years, her children. Now it is the first time that he receives the spotlight and everything is at stake.
In his many years waiting for this moment, Charles has been groomed, trained, and even substituted for the role of monarch. He entered this new chapter as prepared as he could be. It’s a sink-or-swim time for the new King, who must quickly adapt to the times we’re in and connect with people from all over the world. everybody paths of life if you want to be successful. Because if he drowns, it will not only be him who disappears into the background, but he will also take the entire monarchy with him.