The British professor explains that changing the throne from the much-loved Queen Elizabeth to her son Charles will lead to a debate about the monarchy.
British professor and political scientist Tony Travers at the elite LSE University in London told VG it was a very special situation for the country to have the same head of state for more than 70 years.
Elizabeth is a continuity going back to her birth in 1926. It’s something totally unique. Travers says that continuity will be broken at some point.
If there is a change in the head of state, it can be compared to what happened when former Prime Minister Winston Churchill died in 1965, it is believed.
– Then we had a period when we Britons asked ourselves what direction the country was going. We can expect a similar process now.
Politically speaking, Travis points out, Britain’s situation is very demanding, since a new prime minister has just been mentioned.
We are in the midst of an energy crisis and an international conflict. So the government’s work must continue as before.
Travers notes that Elizabeth is very popular. His son Charles has a more strained relationship with the British.
Charles was heir to the throne for so many years that the position became tense. This has led to speculation about its suitability.
Charles II’s marriage to Camilla, after the death of Princess Diana, was also not popular with the public, but it is now for many years.
Travers believes Charles’ status can be compared to Edward VII who became king when Queen Victoria died in 1901.
Republicans will use any potential change to the throne as an excuse for a new debate about whether the monarchy should continue.
– But opponents of the monarchy must do it discreetly, because Elizabeth has been so beloved for many decades.
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