The death of Elizabeth II will forever change Britain. The friendly old lady with her funny hats was more popular than the monarchy.
She is reinforced by her son, who is much less diffused. Charles’s image was lastingly tarnished by the fashion in which he treated Lady Diana, his first wife, with his mistress Camilla, who is now his queen consort. The multiple controversies about it cause it to be frowned upon in Britain and around the world.
The exit door
King Charles III sits on the throne as anti-monarchism is on the rise, both in the UK and across the Commonwealth.
The prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, one of 14 countries, including Canada, where the British sovereign is head of state, said he plans to hold a referendum on the monarchy within three years . Other Caribbean countries are preparing to do the same. A minister from a former British colony told his parliament: “Perhaps it is time for Belize to take another step in claiming our independence.”
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a few days ago that she had no doubts that her country would become a republic.
At its peak, the British Empire encompassed most of a quarter of the world’s population. Now the UK itself is under threat: Scotland and Northern Ireland could secede over Brexit.
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What about Canada?
Justin Trudeau says the country is looking “to the future with His Majesty King Charles III as sovereign of Canada.” Will he ever owe without apologizing? It’s his mania.
Many Canadians are as indifferent to the monarchy as to the accession of King Charles. An Angus Reid poll shows 67% of Canadians said they opposed the idea of Charles succeeding his mother and 55% of Canadians thought the monarchy was no longer relevant.
The changing demographics of Canada contribute to the spread of anti-monarchist sentiments. The majority of immigrants (now 21.5% of the population) come from countries that have no connection to the British monarchy or, worse, that accompanies the leather as a symbol of colonialism and oppression.
Plus it’s going to be quite a deficit to replace the governor general with a president. The need for the approval of Parliament and seven provincial legislatures representing 50% of the country’s population.
Rule over a failing kingdom
Going back to Charles III, his Kingdom is currently facing an economic black hole. The inflation rate in Great Britain soon reached 12%. The pound sterling lost a third of its value against the US dollar after Brexit. The British banking system is shaking as India’s economy has overtaken that of the United Kingdom this year. The sun sets on the monarchy that once ruled the world.
God save the king of what was once the Land of Hope and Glory !