durbnpoisn: This is the thing with the British royal family...The media LOVES them. The people who benefit from the media love for them, love them. But ask what the common person in Britian - the ones that scrub toilets, dig ditches, work in factories, ride their bikes to work, and pay taxes, think of the royals.These are a long line of priveledged people that have been stealing money from their subjects for 100's of years. And being wonderful celebrities in the meantime. They are not as loved and revered as many people think.They can all go smoke a turd for all I care.
The Stealth Hippopotamus: He's not going to get to be king. I'm sure he knows that.
cptjeff: No. The tabloids have been rooting for Charles being skipped in favor of William, which would require Charles playing along, no matter how you cut it. And he wouldn't, and his mother wouldn't want him to. There's a defined order of succession, and skipping a generation wouldn't be it.
CitizenTed: Chuck would be pressured to abdicate the succession and let William ascend to the throne.
ukexpat: Slives: The Stealth Hippopotamus: He's not going to get to be king. I'm sure he knows that.Heard that before and wondered about it. Does the queen get to choose her successor from a list of acceptable options? What happens if she drops dead one day, I assume she would list her preference in the will, but does that mean it would be followed?No, the succession is determined by Act of Parliament. Charles will automatically become king the instant she dies. If he dies first, William becomes king on her death.
cgraves67: I have to believe that it's easier being the heir than being the king. I don't know what the monarch's responsibilities are these days other than attending events and waving to the subjects, but the heir's responsibilities must be far less.
EngineerAU: While I agree it probably won't happen, our extended lifespans, especially for the wealthy, is creating a situation where we might end up with only geriatric monarchs. The Pope's resignation, whatever the real reason, has set a precedence in this area for there to be a discussion about the appropriateness of service till death in the modern age. This goes not just for Popes and monarchs but also for political offices like the US Supreme Court (some countries like Canada already impose an age limit). Institutional knowledge is a great benefit but everyone eventually reaches mental decline. Perhaps it's time we deal with that instead of ignoring it.
Slives: The Stealth Hippopotamus: He's not going to get to be king. I'm sure he knows that.Heard that before and wondered about it. Does the queen get to choose her successor from a list of acceptable options? What happens if she drops dead one day, I assume she would list her preference in the will, but does that mean it would be followed?
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