Will he match and shall the monarchy stand strong

Coming across many blogs around the death of Queen Elizabeth II was astonished to encounter several blogs crying out to make an end to the monarchy.

The Hill’s opinion contributor John Bolton, national security adviser to President Trump from 2018 to 2019, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006 and held senior State Department posts in 2001-2005 and 1985-1989, finds there shall be serious questions for the new British king. He writes

As the reality of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing sinks in, and international mourning continues, Britain’s unmatched flair for dignified pageantry is affirming the continuity and stability of the nation and its sovereignty. Notwithstanding the ceremony, however, no one is blind to the hard questions King Charles III and the monarchy itself will face in short order. {Hard questions for King Charles III}

It was nice to hear from New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday that her government will not pursue any moves to change the country into a republic following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Under the current system, the British monarch is New Zealand’s head of state, represented in New Zealand by a governor-general. The governor-general’s role these days is considered primarily ceremonial.

Still, many people argue that New Zealand won’t fully step out from the shadows of its colonialist past and become a truly independent nation until it becomes a republic.

What was remarkable about certain anti-monarchy articles that came to my attention was that there was a kind of love-hate relationship among some of them. Some, however, had such outrageous language that I do not want to mention those blogs at all or put them at the bottom of the interesting articles to read. In my opinion, in these circumstances, they are not worthy of spreading their words or letting them ring out further.

On the other side, some people confessed that they have a love-hate relationship with the British monarchy, and having the royal’s fairy-tale lives captured their imagination as a child, but now also feeling some sadness and even rolling tears. Some of those people who do not like the monarchy are well aware that living in a castle can get lonesome and alienating. It is a reality that wealth, grandeur, and privilege do not guarantee a happy or fulfilling life.

All over the world can be found expats who love the monarchy. At Ye Olde King’s Head, a hub for British expats steps from the beach in Santa Monica, Calif., televisions were tuned to the BBC and a shrine featuring a portrait of the queen and red roses had been set up outside. Lisa Powers, the manager, was bracing for a sad, busy day.

“We try and do what we can to bring people together for these big events,”

she said.

But we cannot ignore others on the street or in pubs who raised their voice against the monarchy. Some because they find it a house that used people from their colonies and stole from those countries who originally did not belong to them. Others just prefer to have another form of ruling, finding a monarchy something of the previous centuries and not sufficient to tackle the problems of this modern world.

For some people, the passing of the second Elizabethan age might be a good time to come into a new era where another form of state or national government is applied.

From the Commonwealth countries, voices are raised to enter a time where the strings between the United Kingdom and its own overseas country shall be cut, and given its own ruling system.

Bolton writes

Inevitably after 70 years of one person’s reign, Charles will face close scrutiny to see if he matches the expectations, accumulating for decades, about the sovereign’s behavior. Equally inevitably, beginning perhaps during the preparations for Charles’s coronation (likely next year), there will be a surge of republican sentiment from Britain’s left advocating elimination of the monarchy itself. {Hard questions for King Charles III}

Since Brexit several Scots made it clear that they prefer Scotland to become independent of England. It could well be 52% shall vote for independence and 45% would love to see Scotland to be a republic, according to the polls of March this year. I wonder how many people would be open to the idea to have one of the Royal family become their king and going for a renewed membership of the European Union.

Accordingly, how the new king comports himself in the coming months could be decisive not merely on some “performance” level but, constitutionally, in handling both near and long-term challenges he and Britain face. {Hard questions for King Charles III}

writes Bolton.

Some people are convinced that by having left the EU, the United Kingdom is much stronger and beyond the Commonwealth, the king could play a significant role representing British national security policies generally.

Bolton writes:

Newly liberated from the European Union, global Britain could make full use of the monarchy, probably its best-known national institution. {Hard questions for King Charles III}

On the other hand, as with several institutions or kingdoms, stability can be jeopardised by what is happening in their own ranks or what is stirring under the surface in the country.

There are other perils clearly ahead for Charles. Media and critics will scrutinize all things financial and the inevitable efforts of many to take advantage of his new role. Although he has already endured such a spotlight, the new extent of the attention will be extraordinary. {Hard questions for King Charles III}

Because of her many long years of experience and her rock-solid stance, many Britons may not have dared to really go against her, but now that there is a new ruler, they may start daring to raise questions about his and his kin’s power.

Elizabeth was spared much of this pressure, but Charles will have no such luxury. Success in the monarchy is ultimately a test of character, and therefore will rest only on the king himself. {Hard questions for King Charles III}

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Preceding

  1. A lifelong passion for horses and a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
  2. BBC One on Sunday May 29: Never-before-seen footage of Queen Elizabeth II
  3. Indy big Stories for 1 Jun 2022
  4. Troubled UK Seeks Comfort of Its Queen in Twilight of Her Reign
  5. The longest-lived and longest-reigning British monarch is not any-more
  6. To owe her the most heartfelt debt
  7. Prime Minister Liz Truss’s Tribute to Her Majesty The Queen in the House of Commons.

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Additional reading

  1. British MPs did not turn their back on the Prime Minister
  2. A resolute woman who served her country for a very long time
  3. A death that brings great sadness to so many
  4. Elizabeths and Charles I-III

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Related

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  2. Oh Good Heavens, It’s “Abolish Monarchy” Time
  3. Australia reacts to the death of Queen Elizabeth II
  4. Morrison might have done republicans a big favour
  5. The role of the monarchy in a XXI century democracy
  6. Byzantium
  7. I just don’t feel how you feel   
  8. Genius of monarchy is it reminds politicians they are not gods
  9. Why only Victorian MPs will swear oath to new monarch today
  10. Jacinda Ardern rules out NZ republic debate
  11. New Zealand won’t ditch monarchy after queen’s death, PM says
  12. New Zealand may become a republic but not anytime soon, Ardern says
  13. Thoughts on Duty
  14. The Queen and I
  15. No more marmalade sandwiches as queen tribute

Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

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