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Old 05-14-2006, 11:01 AM
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Prince Charles will be 60 in two years time, if the Queen holds the throne for another ten years, will he have the desire or indeed the energy to take on that role. His son who will be around thirty, will have what it takes.
In ten years time perhaps the British monarchy will be a thing of the past anyway.
What character traits in William convince you that he has what it takes?
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Old 05-14-2006, 11:04 AM
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Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry his American divorcee Wallis Simpson in 1936 so clearly the rules can and sometimes are broken. To say that in our modern world Prince Charles would not give up his right to the throne, for what ever reason, is being a little blinkered.
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Old 05-14-2006, 11:22 AM
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The monarchy did not change though, it was the church and society that changed and that change allowed Charles and Camilla to marry so Edwards abdication has no matter in whether Charles will abidcate. I am also wondering the same thing as Ysbel, what do you see in William that would make him a better King than his father.
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Old 05-14-2006, 11:37 AM
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I hope that when the Queen does give up the throne it will be to William.
Charles is too old and set in his ways to rule. He should have been given the reigns years ago.
William will bring a young and fresh feel to the British Monarchy.
I think so too, however, I think Prince Willam is too young. I don't think he'll want or be able to deal with all of the duties that come with being king. Maybe he should turn a little more golden before he get the crown. As it stands Prince Charles is old, but there is-at least I hope-a maturity that comes with age. This is the perfect time for him to become king IMO.

Of course as I stated I'm not a Brit so excuse me if I'm stepping on toes, but we still still have land in Britain and I've been there just about every summer to visit family. Just for the reason that I've relatives there makes me concerned about all things political because my concern is always for them. And of course, I'm nosy.:) Plus Britain is just too cool for words.
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Old 05-14-2006, 11:45 AM
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Charles isn't really that old. His mother is 80 and still does a marvellous job. But I've explained this before. The Queen became Queen at such a young age so she's had a long space of time to reign over and she's had to ride the waves of change which usually doesn't happen because we have a different King or Queen every 20 or 30 years and they adapt to the changing society. The biggest change is starting to happen and you need someone who will gently close the door on the old ways and delicately open up the new one. That person is Charles. He's modern but he understands the old ways.

If William were to be King and began making radical changes, it would be a disaster, so you need a very smooth transition which Charles offers. It's the same with the Papacy and the sort of thing people were saying about John Paul II's successor. JPII was the same as the Queen - he reigned for an unusually long time and had to ride the waves of change. He was an amazing man and the Queen is an amazing woman so they both dealt with that and kept their respective institutions afloat.

With all due respect to Charles, his reign won't be as long, just as Pope Benedict's reign won't be long. But William's will be and so will Benedict's successor so they form a little bridge between the old and the new. You can't change thousands of years over night. It has to be done gradually and by interrupting succession, you don't do that. You force it and then things crumble.
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Old 05-14-2006, 01:36 PM
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After a whopping 22 pages, it is time to close this thread Will Charles Ever Reign? part 2

To continue the discussion, the new thread can be found here

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