Queen Elizabeth II died a year ago. Thus began the reign of King Charles in the United Kingdom. British correspondent Leah van Beechoven says much remains the same at the moment. “What was, will be preserved.”
There had been prior speculation that Charles, once on the throne, would shake up the institution, van Beechoven says, with a more transparent role for the British monarch in political matters. “The protocol they still maintain here, like bending the knee, was over. But above all, it is: carry on as usual. What was and will be. It seems a little worn out. “The feeling is that the monarchy has become somewhat stuck and carries on as usual. “
As one historian once said of Elizabeth: She did nothing, and she was very good at it. Expectations that Charles will change and modernize this have not yet been met. While the transition process actually went very smoothly. The expected identity crisis here and there did not happen: everything actually went very smoothly, says Van Beechoven. “It’s as if he’s keeping the throne warm for William.”
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However, Charles does appear to be less distant than Elizabeth. He shows himself more and also talks to people, which his mother never did. There are still other changes that, according to the outside world, are appropriate for a 21st century king. There is also little evidence of his passion for the climate, nor of his preference for modern architecture and alternative medicine. “He doesn’t comment on it anymore at all.”
For example: Then-British Prime Minister Liz Truss stopped Charles’ intention to visit the climate summit in Sharm El-Sheikh. It even took some diplomatic tricks to nip the riots in the bud. As a compromise, he organized a reception at Buckingham Palace for all the major national and international climate experts. I think you will see more of these diplomatic solutions.
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According to Van Beechoven, ongoing family problems remain a sore point. According to Harry and Meghan Markle, diversity and modernity should be central to the family circle. But Charles has few options but to keep the palace door open, after all the dirty laundry Prince Harry has aired. “All of this is in the hope that one day Harry and Meghan will want to reconcile with the Windsors, which I have to tell you doesn’t seem to be the case.”