The debate was understandable but academic. The line of succession is not drawn up and posted in the official declaration. Everyone’s place in this is automatically done at the time of birth. This week, seven weeks after her birth, the website was updated, adding Lilibet at number 8.
Dated websites aside, the list by birth is sacrosanct. Even the Empress cannot choose who will be her successor. The essence of a constitutional monarchy is that the head of state is not elected and therefore avoids the political burden that comes with being elected as the head of state. British Republicans say the system is fundamentally undemocratic and should be abolished, but they have never received enough public support to do so.
Ultimately, only parliament has the power to replace the monarch with the president, but there has never been a serious debate about this at Westminster. You often hear politicians argue that you will not invent the system as it is now, but why change it?
Much of the credit for making it work goes to Queen Elizabeth, who is widely revered for playing the role. Time will tell if Prince Charles commands the same respect. Another belief is that the Queen should hand over the crown directly to the more popular Prince William.
But this would undermine the whole principle that the British head of state is not elected and, again, only Parliament would have the power to do so.
Lillibet’s place in the line of succession has always been as sure as that of Charles. However, the prospect of him actually ascending the throne is as unrealistic as the idea that the Buckingham Palace webmaster decides who the successor is.
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Charles dedicates new National Police Memorial
The Prince of Wales appeared at the dedication ceremony of the new UK Police Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on Wednesday. Charles paid tribute to those who have died protecting others, before addressing attendees including Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel. “On behalf of the nation, I would especially like to express my deepest gratitude for the valor and sacrifice of those who have kept us safe, to remember their families of those who grieve, and to recognize those who continue to serve To protect our freedom,” he said.
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Pic of the Week
Prince Charles was at Bolt Hole Sandringham in the Queen’s countryside on Tuesday after the estate released a threatened species of birds onto the grounds. He is joined by Natural England chair, Tony Juniper, as 80 Eurasian curlew chicks were released in an effort to boost the bird population in the east of England. The Prince of Wales expressed happiness over Sandringham’s involvement in the project as he “has always cherished Curlew’s evocative call, but now it is dangerously close to being something our grandchildren will never have the chance to enjoy.” ” The enthusiastic environmentalist said: “Every curlew nest is something to reward, nurture and protect, and it is extremely important that we work together to change the fortunes of this iconic bird.”
from the royal vault
We thought we’d take a look back at that momentous royal moment from four decades ago. Take a look for yourself…