There is a strong sign that Prince Charles is on the cusp of a title that will essentially mark the end of the Queen’s reign.
If you ever want to see queen At her happiest – chatting merrily and laughing and looking as pleased as William the Conqueror when he realized they had won the Battle of Hastings and could stop for tea – then look no further than the Windsor Horse Show.
For horse geeks, the show is their mecca, a chance to beat the meat of a horse that a zealous king might imagine. In normal times, she is kept in Her Majesty’s backyard enthusiastically bringing her signature Hermes head scarves in place.
This week, the Windsor horse show is back, for the first time since the pandemic, and Her Majesty the Queen was expected to appear on day one, a short drive from Windsor Castle where she now lives permanently. After all, she had a horse, the first recipient, who was competing.
According to reports, a group of royal protection officers were roaming the venue, media were positioned and an area for the Queen was cleared. All that was missing was a little king and her charming smile…
Unfortunately, that was not the case.
according to telegraphAt the last moment, word came from the castle that Her Majesty would not come after all.
“He thought there might be concerns about the number of photographers present, given it Ongoing mobility problems. “
(There have been reports that the Queen is now using a wheelchair to get around the castle and that she does not want the public to see her using said contraceptive.)
The horse is just the latest in an ever-growing list of events from which the 96-year-old has pulled out since October last year and for the first time has started circulating a new word, one that essentially means the end of her reign: guardianship.
Unlike abdication, which is a wholesale withdrawal from the ruling party and will begin immediately Prince Charles ascension to the thronethe guardianship means that he will rule in his mother’s stead, and take on all her official duties, while she remains the sovereign.
Consensual trusteeship, so to speak, had not been tried before in British history.
The last time Great Britain gave regency was in 1811 and the mental decline of King George III became such that Parliament finally agreed to allow his unpopular son, later George IV, to take over as Prince Regent. (He’s popularly called “crazy,” or if one were to take the royal family’s official website “deranged,” some historians now arguing that George III may, in fact, have bipolar disorder.)
In contrast to this position, it is uniformly and strongly believed that the Queen’s mental prowess is the pinnacle of the summit, but getting down to this may represent a perfect solution for Buckingham Palace as her persistent health problems wreak more and more havoc with her ability to perform her day-to-day function. (One suggestion is that she has heart problems along with her indeterminate movement issues.)
This week will go down in the history books as the first time the unborn woman of age has withdrawn from the country’s opening of Parliament in nearly 60 years and, instead, replaced her son Prince Charles, after more than 50 years on the bench, to read her speech. (Prince William has also secured approval to attend, doing his best to confront the dreary king-in-waiting.)
The symbolism of the moment was not lost on anyone. The stick was passed. It seems unlikely that we will see the Queen slowly make her way through the House of Lords to open Parliament again.
This was the most visible example of the transition quietly taking place behind the scenes in the palace for years with Charles’ lifelong apprentice now taking over all of the king’s most important and weighty ceremonial duties.
It is Charles who has attended Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings on behalf of his mother since 2013, Charles who has laid a wreath on her behalf for the past five years at the Memorial on Memorial Day, and who is now making several investments. (So did Princess Anne and William, too.)
This week also saw Buckingham Palace parties return and with no news that the Queen was, you guessed it, missing for health reasons, leaving Charles to take over the hosting duties.
Charles became king in everything but the name.
As the countdown to the platinum jubilee celebrations begins quickly, nothing less than nuclear war will prevent this special royal parade from continuing. The Jubilee Festival of 5000 people is ready. Corgis have been cleaned. Even Sussex exiles themselves are back for a big day.
But could the Queen consider making the most drastic decision of her career and considering making a regent after the jubilee scraps have been erased and the void boxes in the back of the palace have been put out?
Her Majesty the Queen forever viewed the abdication with the kind of disdain which she usually held, I think, for PETA activists, vegetarians and Prince Philip’s German relatives.
But Regency? Now that’s a whole other story.
Clive Irving, former Times journalist and royal biographer for Daily Beast this week.
This is a view supported by Duncan Larcombe, former royal editor of Sun.
“[The State Opening of Parliament] Everything changed. The Queen really has no choice if she is consistently unable to fulfill her role as head of state… If she is now apparently unable to perform the most basic functions as head of state, I think they will have to remove her, with consent of course,” he said. Monster.
Enter Robert Hardman, who wrote his autobiography Queen of our time With the support of the palace. like he said for the beast Tom Sykes: “I think the problem really is mobility, not something more medically troublesome. But the point is that her absence from the formal opening of Parliament is unprecedented, but the solution to her absence – the use of the Regency Act – is.”
A consensual regency would be a clever solution – think of it as abdication.
In practice, the only real external changes will be Charles’ ability to order new stationery as Prince Regent and he will head its weekly audience with Prime Minister Boris Johnson. (Now if that wasn’t enough to get the prince off the top position…)
The Queen, when she arrives, can still appear on the palace balcony or attend events such as the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey.
And most importantly, it will give the poor woman a respite. (In just about any other circumstance, a 96-year-old girl still expected to show up to work every day would see social services sharing, and a quick stick.) She can make more time for her emotions, like G-J, and spend more time with her great-grandchildren.
Moreover, it would be a respectable final chapter for a historical judgment, rather than this sadly diminished version of the Queen and the historical reign we are currently experiencing.
For now, it’s time to start eating your chicken sandwiches and ordering bottles of Pimms as excitedly as Princess Margaret as she heads toward the drinks wagon. But a month from now? Royal landscapes can look very different.
Daniela Elser is a property expert and writer with over 15 years of experience working with a number of Australia’s leading media titles.