King Charles III: What to Expect from The New Monarch?

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The death of Queen Elizabeth II immediately marked the ascension of Charles III from the heir apparent to finally king. His formal proclamation ceremony took place 2 days after Her Majesty’s death.

proclamarion of king charles iii

As the reign of the new monarch begins, people debate whether he will be able to fill up the exceptionally large shoes left by his mother.

Concerns Regarding to Charles III Being King:

In addition to various prophecies, people have expectations from him based on his role as the Prince of Wales. Prince Charles had tended to be outspoken about political issues. He had also been lobbying ministers on his personal issues.

However, King Charles III has previously disregarded these concerns by people in 2018 on his 70th birthday.

I’m not that stupid. I do realise that it is a separate exercise being sovereign. So, of course I understand entirely how that should operate. The idea somehow that I’m going to go on exactly the same way, if I have to succeed, is complete nonsense. Because the two situations are completely different.

Besides, the 1215 signing of Magna Carta bounds the Crown to accept the will of the elected parliament of the day.  

Crowning of King Charles III as Prince of Wales in 1969
Crowning of King Charles III as Prince of Wales in 1969

King Charles III, himself, is also acutely aware of the fact that constitutional conventions, that did not apply to him when he was a prince, must now guide his every action as king. History has proven that the monarchy must abide by the constitutional laws in order for it to survive.

Changes to Expect:

Nevertheless, the king might still undergo changes as a result of his ascension as the new monarch. For instance, the king might be more conscious of societal changes as the new head of the Commonwealth of nations.

The king has been reported to speak out against the legacy of slavery in past at a Commonwealth’s Heads of Government meeting:

I cannot describe the depths of my personal sorrow at the suffering of so many, as I continue to deepen my own understanding of slavery’s enduring impact.

King Charles III speaks during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kagali
King Charles III speaks during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kagali

Therefore, that might result in him encouraging individual Commonwealth states’ right to independently choose their own path. They may end associations with the royal family if they should so decide. Debates about that have already begun to flare up in Commonwealth countries. The queen’s death has led the conflicts, that had been buried for a long time, to resurface.  

In addition to that, the newly proclaimed king will face challenges due to not being perceived with a similar affection as the queen. Therefore, the king now faces the challenge of fitting in the queen’s shoes that might not be an easy task.


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