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Old 05-12-2021, 05:23 PM
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it is highly likely that the UK will change radically in the years to come as the post-war, post-imperial Elizabethan era draws to a close. Commonwealth realms will become republics, the "House of Lords" as is will surely breathe its last breath and it's even perfectly plausible that the UK as it exists today will be no more in the not too distant future. At that point, the coinage, the flag, even the current royal coat of arms, will all become relics, too. With a new reality to adjust to, and so much consigned to history, whatever is left will have to reinvent itself, and the English monarchy, if that survives, will be no exception. I think it's likely that Kings Charles III and William V will look to the European monarchies to provide a blueprint for a pared down, toned down, style more appropriate to the diminished status and role of the country.
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Old 05-12-2021, 05:45 PM
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I find it odd that some people think it archaic and out of touch for the monarch to wear a crown but are ok with the the idea of a monarchy in the first place. Those who think a hereditary monarchy is past it's sell by date won't stop thinking it simply because the King or Queen concerned stops wearing the crown jewels.
A monarchy is an anomaly in a democratic state and these will ultimately disappear anyway. But let us say that the last 3 Popes had changed nothing, then the current Pope still would be wearing a triple papal tiara, is carried around on a sedia gestatoria resting on twelve shoulders, flanked by two aides waving the flabellae (ostrich feather fans) like in 1964... A custom of a millennium but disbanded in 1978.

After all, to paraphrase Bob Dylan: the times, they are changing. And Britain is changing as well. The Britain of 1952 is unrecognizeable from the Britain of 2021 and Elizabeth II has shown she can adapt. I am sure Charles, William and George can and will adapt too.
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Old 05-13-2021, 04:12 AM
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What i also noticed is that on the side where Charles and Camilly have been seated yesterday they have put another red carpet over the red/golden carpet which covers the steps and place before the Throne. This wasn't done previously.
The red carpet was there because there was a temporary extension of one of the steps, which I assume was done to allow the appropriate amount of distance between the Queen and Charles.
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