Today is Queen Elizabeth II’s 85th birthday. She was born on 21 April 1926, the first child of the Duke of York, second son of George V, and his wife, the former Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. She wasn’t expected to become Queen; the Duke had an elder brother, the Prince of Wales, whose future children would precede her in the succession, as would any younger brothers of her own.
The times are changing, and – taking in account the age of many of the monarchs worldwide – it is safe to assume that the coming years, we will see at least a few changes in the succession lines. Time to take a closer look at all those heirs, how they have prepared for their duties and how they are perceived among the public. This blog looks at someone who has been heir to the throne since just about forever – The Prince of Wales.
The engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton has given a new lease of life to the perennial question of the succession. Should Prince Charles be king? Should Camilla become queen if Charles does become king? Ever since the Prince and Princess of Wales split up, and especially since Diana’s death, and most especially since Charles’s second marriage, there have been articles and polls in certain newspapers showing that the British public would like William to follow the Queen on the throne, even in Charles’s lifetime. Other polls over the last five years have shown that a majority of Britons don’t wan’t the Duchess of Cornwall to be queen consort even if Charles does become king.
Over the years we’ve been used to Prince Charles airing his opinions on topics as diverse as organic farming, education, medical science, architecture, religion, and philosophy. In “Harmony” he weaves all these together into an integrated overview of the past, present, and future of humanity and our relationship with nature.
According to Prince Charles, the destruction of the environment is the result of a lack of faith in God and belief in the soul.