how will he reign Charles III?. It is the big question that many Britons are asking themselves in recent days. Will you introduce any reform in the British Royal House? Will she follow in the footsteps of her mother? late queen elizabeth ii? Will he be tempted to try to intervene in politics as he has done in the past? Experts do not predict a revolution in the British monarchy, and even less with a monarch as attached to traditions as Carlos III. However, as explained to LA RAZÓN Judith Rowbotham, Professor of Constitutional Law at Plymouth University Law School, the new head of state faces major challenges.
Could Carlos III transform the institution and its impact on British society?
The new king has already indicated that he intends to work to update the institution of the monarchy, to ensure that – in the future of his reign – it is “fit for purpose”, both for its appearance and its value. in the eyes of his people. His mother said in 1992 that it was good for both people and institutions to receive criticism, and that was a message that he has taken on. It is evident that he is aware, as he indicated in his first speech as king, on the night of September 9, that it is not enough to adopt a rhetoric of service. The has to do what he says, and not just pontificate.
What vision does Carlos III have of a modern monarchy?
Carlos III recognizes that the monarch must be seen as someone accessible and willing to listen to his people, but he is also aware that new technologies can be used successfully to put this accessibility into practice. However, he clearly believes that it is important, especially at a time of uncertainty and social tension such as this, that he and senior members of the royal family travel to the nations that make up the UK, and that they be seen to value its culture and its contribution to the Union which constitutes United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. Time will tell how it will affect the expectations and affections of British society as a whole.
What sensations does the king give you in his first speeches?
Carlos III has shown in recent years and in his speeches as king in recent days that he fully understands that the institution of the monarchy will continue to be supported by the people only if the throne holder is seen as representative of UK values and culture. His flexibility in response will be crucial to retaining popular support, both for himself and for the monarchy. But it has started well.
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the new king?
One of his strengths is undoubtedly that, as Prince of Wales, he has been consciously training himself to be a king for nearly 70 years, and during that apprenticeship he had the example of his mother to learn many things. In recent years, Carlos has shown that he has a voice of his own, advising her and representing her on ceremonial occasions, where his personal vision of a modern monarchy has come to the fore. The new monarch is well prepared for his new role as throne bearer. He is a cultured and intelligent man which understands the problems currently facing both the UK and the countries of the commonwealth. His challenge (and perhaps his weakness) will consist of fulfilling his constitutional function of avoiding getting involved in political party politics -or being seen to avoid it- and, at the same time, fulfilling his duty to listen, advise and warn the prime ministers, present and future. For the rest, we still don’t really know its weaknesses.
But did he have weaknesses as Prince of Wales?
What are perceived as weaknesses in his role as Prince of Wales need not carry over to his role as King. In his speech on Friday night, Carlos III already acknowledged his awareness of the need to change. Otherwise, only time can tell.
What do you expect from the reign of Carlos III?
There will be changes. King Carlos III wants to establish public awareness of a smaller but effective Royal Family. At the end of the reign of the late Queen Elizabeth II, the balcony of Buckingham Palace could seem very crowded by members of the Royal Family that Elizabeth II regarded with affection and wanted to have with her at the time. However, in the last year of her life, when she emphasized the continuity of the monarchy, showing only her immediate heir, her grandson prince william and his great-grandson Prince George, signaled his support for his son’s desire for change. But that change is intended to guarantee the continuity of the monarchy as an institution, because it can and will adapt. Continuity, if successful, is not about stagnation, but always involves adaptation and change.
Did Queen Elizabeth know how to adapt the British monarchy to each historical moment?
She, from the beginning of her reign, adapted the monarchy: from small things, like the elimination of the powdered wigs that the royal lackeys had to wear, to great innovations, like allowing the coronation ceremony to be filmed, and not only the procession back and forth to the Abbey of westminster. Over the years, as Prince of Wales, Charles III learned much about the continuity of family pomp in ceremonial acts, and of small rituals (including bows) with changes in greater visibility of the public image of the monarchy. In a very visible way, and following the tradition of his great-grandfather Edward VII, the queen became the UK’s chief diplomat, making visits abroad and hosting receptions in the UK for representatives of foreign powers. But, as the former Empire was transformed into the Commonwealth, the queen herself played an active role in that transformation. It is a testament to her dedication to the commonwealth and its model of unity throughout the world the fact that the number of member countries has increased including countries that were not previously part of the British Empire. Charles has made it clear that he will continue to participate in the evolution of the Commonwealth during his reign, following the example of his late mother.