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Old 10-14-2020, 04:17 PM
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For those of you who are citizens of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries, do you feel the Monarchy will last long enough for William to be crowned King? I hope it does and I hope I am alive to see it, but I am just wondering what the general feeling is.
As an Australian, I think it will depend what Charles would do as King. Currently, most republicans (anti-monarchist) that I have seen on public platform or even those I meet privately like the Queen. They even suggested that the debate of Republicanism or Constitutional Monarchy should happen once Charles becomes King. Currently, I think the Charles is still not popular amongst non-royal watchers (those not interested in royal family), republicans or even some monarchists. Two main reason that I could think of
  • The War of the Wales (mainly on Charles, Diana and Camilla)
  • The tendency for Charles to get into politics or other highly contentious social issues
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Old 10-14-2020, 05:16 PM
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lol - sorry let me explain. How will the public react if Banksy turns out to be Prince Micheal?
Since Prince Michael has worked (at least been invovled in business) for years, I wouldn't say that's a good example...
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Old 10-14-2020, 05:18 PM
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For those of you who are citizens of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries, do you feel the Monarchy will last long enough for William to be crowned King? I hope it does and I hope I am alive to see it, but I am just wondering what the general feeling is.
I am sure it will because in order for us to ditch the monarchy, we'd have to have a government for whom this was enough of a priority to include within their election manifesto. Given that all polls show that the monarchy is largely supported (or at least not hated enough to want to ditch it), I can't see any major political party even considering the issue.

I think there will be a small dip in support when Charles becomes King but I'm sure the institution will survive that and William will inherit the crown.
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Old 10-14-2020, 05:21 PM
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There are many years to go, probably before William is near the Crown.. so who can say?
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Old 10-14-2020, 05:58 PM
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For those of you who are citizens of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries, do you feel the Monarchy will last long enough for William to be crowned King? I hope it does and I hope I am alive to see it, but I am just wondering what the general feeling is.
As a dual British and Australian citizen, I think the monarchy in the UK will last and William will be crowned king.

I think it's more likely that when the Queen dies there will be another referendum in Australia. Whether it will result in a republic will depend on how the question is posed.

Last time we were presented with monarchy or a particular republican model that not everyone was in favour of (an appointed President rather than a directly elected one) so some people who wanted an elected President decided against voting for that model and voted instead to retain the monarchy, splitting the republican vote to some degree. If the question posed is more a simple do you support amending the system of government to a republican system - yes/no and we'll sort out the details later, then I think there might be a change to a republic.
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Old 10-14-2020, 06:11 PM
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The Queen will turn 95 as early as 2021, so the question of succession and the future of the monarchy will be increasingly addressed.
I think William will be king and that the monarchy will survive Charles.
From what I read and see the monarchy is still very popular and I don't think that will change when Charles becomes king.
By the time Charles becomes king people's eyes will be even more put on William and Kate and their popularity should increase even more.
The monarchy will survive I have no doubt.
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Old 10-14-2020, 06:30 PM
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The Queen will turn 95 as early as 2021, so the question of succession and the future of the monarchy will be increasingly addressed.
I think William will be king and that the monarchy will survive Charles.
From what I read and see the monarchy is still very popular and I don't think that will change when Charles becomes king.
By the time Charles becomes king people's eyes will be even more put on William and Kate and their popularity should increase even more.
The monarchy will survive I have no doubt.
I wouldn't say its "very popular"...the queen is respected and liked, Charles, not so much. William and Kate are liked, but they'll be a lot older if they get to the throne.
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Old 10-14-2020, 06:41 PM
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I wouldn't say its "very popular"...the queen is respected and liked, Charles, not so much. William and Kate are liked, but they'll be a lot older if they get to the throne.
We don't know when they're going to get to the throne. But I believe people like the monarchy.
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Old 10-14-2020, 07:00 PM
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We don't know when they're going to get to the throne. But I believe people like the monarchy.
More that people tolerate it...It works reasonably well, and the queen's respected so it keeps on...
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Old 10-14-2020, 08:29 PM
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I agree with Denville. We seeing it through the eyes of how people have the ultimate respect for The Queen. She is the monarchy for a lot of people, not the rest of them. It will be interesting how the family is received once she is gone. I suspect not close to the same.

Do I think William will be crowned? Probably but so much can happen in the next 15+ years which I think will be when it would happen, god willing Charles has the longevity in health as his parents.
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Old 10-15-2020, 02:01 AM
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For those of you who are citizens of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries, do you feel the Monarchy will last long enough for William to be crowned King? I hope it does and I hope I am alive to see it, but I am just wondering what the general feeling is.
I think there are two slightly different questions you haved asked:Will the monarchy in the UK survive? Will some of the other countries that have the Queen as Head of State continue with the arrangement?

My view is as follows:

> The monarchy in the UK will survive. Its popularity may go up and down, as it always does, but the institution seems to see adept at adapting to what the great British public want. Also, as othe rposters have pointed out, few political parties seem to have it on their agenda to turn the UK into a republic.

> As regards other countries with the British monarch as their Head of State, I think we will see a few countries choose to become republics. The rationale does not stand to any test of logic, so I guess it is only a question of time. This, to me, has little to do with the popularity of specific monarchs, but more about the conceptual issue of having a remote and non-resident as your Head of State when you can have a local.
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Old 10-15-2020, 03:09 AM
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I agree with Denville. We seeing it through the eyes of how people have the ultimate respect for The Queen. She is the monarchy for a lot of people, not the rest of them. It will be interesting how the family is received once she is gone. I suspect not close to the same.

Do I think William will be crowned? Probably but so much can happen in the next 15+ years which I think will be when it would happen, god willing Charles has the longevity in health as his parents.
The queen is respected as a person by many people but not by everybody. Its more that the British public even if republican in sentiment, don't want the bother of trying to work out a change and they ride along with what is in place because it works reasonably Ok and much of the time, there are other issues that take up more parliamentary time.. But another big scandal like Andrew, could IMO push things to the point where there IS a strong more active republican movement...This last year we've had Andrew behaving disgracefully and having to be sidelined and Harry voluntarily walking out... Charles isn't as well liked as the queen, so if anything happened in a few years time it might be the end.
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Old 10-15-2020, 04:14 AM
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The Queen will turn 95 as early as 2021, so the question of succession and the future of the monarchy will be increasingly addressed.
I think William will be king and that the monarchy will survive Charles.
From what I read and see the monarchy is still very popular and I don't think that will change when Charles becomes king.
By the time Charles becomes king people's eyes will be even more put on William and Kate and their popularity should increase even more.
The monarchy will survive I have no doubt.
I repeat my mantra: personal popularity says nothing about the desire for keeping a Constitution in which the head of state is "delivered" by hereditary succession.

We see it in all monarchies. While the personal approval of a Crown Princess Victoria, or a King Willem-Alexander, or a King Felipe probably is higher than that of any politician, the support for a monarchy as form of state is eroding, and eroding, and eroding.

The question is not: "Do you like William and Catherine?"

The question is: "Do you like to elect your own head of state, or to keep the current system of hereditary succession?"

It is entirely possible that the outcome on question 1 is that William of Cambridge enjoys great popularity and that the outcome of question 2 is significantly lower than on the previous question.

Complicating factor in the UK is Brexit on an already Covid-strained society. Will it have centrifugal powers to see Northern-Ireland and Scotland go? And what will be the effect of severe economic and society turmoil as well the breaking of the Union, on the general respect and approval for the institutions of state?
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Old 10-15-2020, 09:47 AM
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I do not the monarchy surviving another 50 years. Essential I think we are seeing the end of it - not with the gun fire of the French Revolution but essentially a whisper.
I expect NI and Scotland to have referendums about Head of State, I expect Scotland to stay NI to go - although they might with Commonwealth
Then England will want one as well - which will happen, and that is where is might happen. People really believe that the monarchy costs them an outrageous amount of money and that that money can be better spend on the NHS or education. Most of it is nonsense , but people do believe it. Current sentiment around racism and the monarchy creating its wealth on slavery, imperialism and colonialism will add to the problem and essential whatever throne William or George inherit will be damaged beyond repair. They simply do not represent where the UK wants to appear to be now. God know what the British will want to represent them in 50 years. But it is not the Windsors.
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If that is taken to its logical conclusion then Queen regnants would be allowed to have their husbands crowned as Kings. Which, in terms of status and precedent would make no sense at all!
Many features of today's British monarchy "make no sense at all in terms of status and precedent", as it continually implements changes with the times. A divorced or commoner Queen consort would have "made no sense at all in terms of status and precedent" to British royalty living two hundred years ago, but are accepted today.
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I hope the monarchy will survive another 100 years. I love monarchies.
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Old 10-15-2020, 01:28 PM
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I hope the monarchy will survive another 100 years. I love monarchies.
I would not be too sure about 100 years. If it does so, it will be if there are no scandals or disasters and the monarch is respected if not loved.. and I dont think the Commonwealth will last that long. A lot of the ceremonial will disappear also
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Old 10-15-2020, 01:43 PM
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I think there are two slightly different questions you haved asked:Will the monarchy in the UK survive? Will some of the other countries that have the Queen as Head of State continue with the arrangement?

My view is as follows:

> The monarchy in the UK will survive. Its popularity may go up and down, as it always does, but the institution seems to see adept at adapting to what the great British public want. Also, as othe rposters have pointed out, few political parties seem to have it on their agenda to turn the UK into a republic.

> As regards other countries with the British monarch as their Head of State, I think we will see a few countries choose to become republics. The rationale does not stand to any test of logic, so I guess it is only a question of time. This, to me, has little to do with the popularity of specific monarchs, but more about the conceptual issue of having a remote and non-resident as your Head of State when you can have a local.
I agree: having a remote, non-residential Head of State (does Charles even have the nationalities of all the countries he is supposed to be head of state of within the not too distant future?) will be mostly something of the past. It doesn't really make sense, unless the country is more intertwined politically with the HoS's 'main' country (for example: foreign policy is done by the 'kingdom' and not the individual countries).
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Old 10-15-2020, 01:45 PM
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I repeat my mantra: personal popularity says nothing about the desire for keeping a Constitution in which the head of state is "delivered" by hereditary succession.

We see it in all monarchies. While the personal approval of a Crown Princess Victoria, or a King Willem-Alexander, or a King Felipe probably is higher than that of any politician, the support for a monarchy as form of state is eroding, and eroding, and eroding.

The question is not: "Do you like William and Catherine?"

The question is: "Do you like to elect your own head of state, or to keep the current system of hereditary succession?"

It is entirely possible that the outcome on question 1 is that William of Cambridge enjoys great popularity and that the outcome of question 2 is significantly lower than on the previous question.

Complicating factor in the UK is Brexit on an already Covid-strained society. Will it have centrifugal powers to see Northern-Ireland and Scotland go? And what will be the effect of severe economic and society turmoil as well the breaking of the Union, on the general respect and approval for the institutions of state?
I don't agree that there is no correlation. While it is important to treat them as two distinct issues, under a more popular monarch a country is less likely to become a republic (which is why for example many people think that Australia is more likely to become a republic under Charles than under Elizabeth - as the general tendency is against remaining a republic but the queen's good will counteracts that somewhat), while a really unpopular monarch might speed up the process of becoming a republic.
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Old 10-15-2020, 01:57 PM
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Many features of today's British monarchy "make no sense at all in terms of status and precedent", as it continually implements changes with the times. A divorced or commoner Queen consort would have "made no sense at all in terms of status and precedent" to British royalty living two hundred years ago, but are accepted today.



What strikes me the most is that, even today, we hear British "royal experts" claiming that the British monarch is "different" from other European monarchs because he/she is "anointed" in a coronation ceremony of a religious nature. As if the monarch's constitutional authority proceeded from the Church and/or the coronation ceremony, when, in reality, it is derived solely from British law, which the British Parliament by the way can change at will (including the line of succession to the throne).



It is equally annoying to me to hear those same "experts" in the UK claiming a moral superiority of the British monarch over other European monarchs who chose to abdicate as if abdication due to old age were some kind of mortal sin.



The British monarchy IMHO cannot truly modernize unless it drops this fiction of divine rule by the sovereign, which, again, is at odds with the constitutional reality of the United Kingdom itself. Replacing the coronation with a secular enthronement ceremony and disestablishing the Church of England are necessary steps to finally bring the British monarchy into the 21st century.



Just my honest opinion as a non-subject of the Queen.
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