PRINCE CHARLES will one day become King of England, after Queen Elizabeth II either abdicates or dies. Could Prince Charles abdicate and put Prince William on the throne?
Prince Charles is the next scheduled monarch of the UK and the longest king-in-waiting in British history at 70 years old. His long time in waiting has led many people to speculate he might give the throne up to his son, Prince William, but experts believe he will embrace the role.
Queen Elizabeth II famously said she would never abdicate, and serve her entire life on the throne.
According to University College London’s Constitution Unit at the School of Public Policy, abdication is “unthinkable” for the Queen.
They added Prince Charles would be unlikely to relinquish the throne to his son, but it is possible.
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Speaking about Charles’ potential abdication, the Constitution Unit said: “That would be a matter for Prince Charles, and for Parliament.
“For the Queen, abdication is said to be unthinkable, for two reasons.
“The first is the bad example of Edward VIII: his abdication brought the Queen’s father onto the throne, unexpectedly and most reluctantly.
“The second is her declaration on her twenty-first birthday that she would serve for her whole life whether it be long or short.”
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“She is also said to regard her oath at her coronation as imposing a sacred duty to reign as long as she shall live.
“Having waited over 60 years as heir apparent, it would be perfectly natural for Prince Charles to want to assume the throne and perform the royal duties for which he has spent so long preparing in waiting.
“But it would be equally natural if, after reigning for a few years as an increasingly elderly monarch, he chose to invite Parliament to hand on the throne to Prince William.”
Charles’ long time in waiting has also sparked speculation the UK may skip the Prince of Wales as monarch.
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Enduring public speculation has led some people to believe the monarchy might skip Prince Charles and install Prince William as King instead.
According to YouGov, Prince William is much more popular than his father, with an approval rating of 66 percent to Charles’ 46 percent.
However, Prince William likely won’t take the throne before his father due to the Royal Family’s deep-rooted traditions.
Speaking to the BBC in 2010, Prince William’s godfather, ex-King Constantine of Greece, said royals must “wait their turn”.
He said: “In our line of business, there’s no such thing as being in a hurry.
“It works from father to son, or mother to son, that’s how it goes, and they have to wait their turn, whenever it comes.
“That’s how it should be.”
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Nevertheless, polls indicate Brits would prefer the younger Prince to take the helm before his father.
One survey carried out in 2018 found 46 percent of people would support Charles stepping aside and seeing William crowned King.
Just 13 percent of people said they would “strongly oppose” such a move.
According to the Daily Mail’s Allison Pearson, Charles’ plummeting popularity comes as a result of the public knowing “far too much about his foibles and past errors”.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK