By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press
LONDON (AP) – It’s good to be queen.
No one knows this better than Queen Elizabeth II, who shows no signs of stepping aside after 70 years on the throne. But the sovereign sovereign is giving Prince Charles an increasingly prominent role, delegating more responsibilities to his eldest son and heir.
This became clear last month when Carles, 73, accompanied by his wife, Camilla, presided over the state opening of Parliament, one of the monarch’s most important functions.
The subtle transition illustrates the challenges facing the royal family as the 96-year-old queen remains on the throne but Charles becomes the increasingly public face of the monarchy. As Britain celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this week, the royal family is working to consolidate the position of a sometimes misunderstood heir and prove that the House of Windsor will last.
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“Charles and Camilla are a question mark for the future when it comes to the monarchy,” said Robert Lacey, a royal historian and adviser on the Netflix series “The Crown.” “But we are not in the state we thought we were 20 years ago, when the prospect of Charles coming to the throne seemed like a big challenge. And I think today we can say that the monarchy is based on the British affections with more horses quite … of what he has had for many decades. “
Much of this is due to Elizabeth, who on her 21st birthday pledged to serve Britain and the Commonwealth throughout her life. The queen shows full intention to fulfill this promise.
But his problems with moving force him to be more selective in his public engagements and open a door for Charles, who has spent the last three decades trying to overcome the consequences of the disorderly breakup of his marriage to the popular princess. Diana.
It took many years in Britain to forgive Charles, admitting infidelity and long-standing ties to Camilla torpedoed his relationship with Diana, known as “the princess of the village” for her ability to connect with the public. ‘a way her husband could never do. The glamorous young mother of Prince William and Prince Harry died in a car accident in Paris in 1997, five years after their separation from Charles.
But the mood has eased since Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.
Now known as the 74-year-old Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla has taken on roles in more than 100 charities, focusing on promoting literacy, supporting victims of domestic violence, helping the elderly and other problems.
With a real style and sense of humor, he finally won many British. His warmth softened Charles’s tight image and made him look more relaxed, if not happier, as he cut ribbons, uncovered plaques, and did the often mundane tasks of royal duty.
Earlier this year, the queen tried to strengthen the couple’s position by expressing her “sincere wish” that Camilla be known as “Queen Consort” when Charles becomes king. Elizabeth’s words rejected the arguments that the story of the relationship should relegate Camilla to an inferior state, transforming her from a wrecker to a future consort with a pencil.
Meanwhile, Charles has been willing to intervene whenever necessary, most spectacularly when he presided over the opening of Parliament and delivered the Queen’s speech, outlining the government’s legislative agenda.
The event is a symbol of the monarch’s constitutional role as head of state of the United Kingdom and is accompanied by ceremonies and shows broadcast over the centuries to demonstrate the strength of British political institutions.
The choreography of the day emphasized an absent queen, but still present. His throne was removed, but in its place the Crown of the Imperial State sat leaning on a pillow. Charles wore the uniform of an admiral in the fleet, instead of sweeping the ermine tunics.
“Prince Charles is the longest-serving heir we’ve ever had,” said Robert Hardman, author of “Queen of Our Times: The Life of Elizabeth II.” it can’t be there. But, you know, he took an oath that would reign for his life. And that’s how he sees it. “
Since Charles has been waiting for so long, his passions are well known.
For example, he began campaigning for environmental causes long before they became major concerns. He has been accused of interfering in politics, which the monarch is forbidden to talk about in the real estate developments he opposed and other issues.
During a recent trip to Canada, he delved into a very pressing issue, acknowledging the “pain and suffering” suffered by Indigenous communities who had children brought up and abused in state-sponsored residential schools.
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Emily Nash, the royal editor of HELLO! magazine said Charles is committed to people around the world, especially on the subject of climate change.
“It’s a lot of working collaboratively to try to make things better for future generations,” Nash said. “And this is something that Prince Charles is absolutely passionate about.”
Tiwa Adebayo, a 23-year-old journalist and blogger, says members of the royal family should talk more about issues like this, talking about issues such as inequality and immigration, if the monarchy will be relevant in the future. He cited the Dutch royal family as a model for the future.
“I think that’s the kind of monarchy we want,” he said. “And so this kind of not getting involved in politics, but getting involved in politics, not getting too involved in social issues, but talking when it’s convenient, I don’t think that’s really going to happen.”
For now, Charles has acknowledged that it can be a little less crowded in public, even more accessible. Nowhere is this more evident than in a special jubilee appearance on a television soap opera.
Charles and Camilla will surprise residents at a street party to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee on the BBC EastEnders’ long-running program. In a clip showing after a recent episode, partygoers are told “You must see this mysterious guest” before the royal couple stops in a car next to The Queen Vic pub.
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