2 King Charles III: climate activist who doesn’t want to fit into a mold

2 King Charles III: climate activist who doesn’t want to fit into a mold

Jokes were always made about it: Charles, the eternal crown prince who had to wait years on the throne. At the age of 73, her mother Elizabeth died 70 years as queen. How will Charles III shape his new role, which he has been preparing for decades?

by Danja Koeleman

The heir to the throne never waited any longer to seize power. But it’s time. Charles III has been the reigning monarch in the United Kingdom since Thursday evening. His mother, Elizabeth, was described as a calm, reliable and discreet wiser. How will Charles approach royalty?

“The reason the monarchy still exists is because it is constantly looking for new roles for itself,” said historian and monarchist Ed Owens. “This will be the main task of the new king: to ensure the survival of the monarchy.”

The special feature of the new king is that he regularly speaks about political issues. It is even said that it would pressure politicians to raise certain issues through handwritten notes (called “black spider notes” because of the specific handwriting). Elizabeth did not do this as queen: she always remained neutral in the party. Because of this, he made sure that many people accepted the monarchy and were not easily offended by it.

Charles with his mother Elizabeth in late June 2022.

“Charles asks the right questions”

One of the issues Charles has committed himself to is climate change. Since the 1990s, he has been warning about its impact and speaking out among established organizations and charities. Now that he is king, it is expected that he will not devote all his attention to it. However, the royal family expects him to “hold on to what he believes”. They believe Charles will “ask the right questions and voice any concerns.”

Politician Paul Flynn suspects that this could also lead to unrest in the country. “If it has to do with a government it disagrees with and refuses to sign laws, it could well create a constitutional crisis.”

Experts say Charles will not fall in the mold of the king his mother had molded for seventy years. “He wants to enter into an important dialogue if necessary, but also wants to ensure that his tone does not harm the monarchy.”

De problematische naamgenoten en voorgangers van Charles

  • Op voorhand werd gespeculeerd dat de voormalige kroonprins ervoor zou kunnen kiezen om niet de boeken in te gaan als Charles III. Britse vorsten hebben vaak meerdere doopnamen en kozen in het verleden niet altijd voor hun eerste naam. Zo was die van koningin Victoria eigenlijk Alexandrina, maar vond ze dat te buitenlands klinken en koos ze voor haar tweede naam. De grootvader van Charles werd geboren als Albert Frederick Arthur George, roepnaam ‘Bertie’, en werd uiteindelijk koning George VI. Als Charles III volgt de nieuwe vorst twee naamgenoten die beiden wat problematisch waren. Charles I (1600-1649) geloofde dat hij door God was aangewezen om het land als absolute heerser te besturen. Hij kwam daardoor in conflict met het parlement, werd afgezet en eindigde met zijn hoofd op het hakblok van de beul. Dat luidde het enige Engelse vorstenloze tijdperk en de dictatuur van Oliver Cromwell in. De zoon van de vermoorde Charles I werd na het herstel van de monarchie koning Charles II. Hij was niet alleen omstreden omdat hij veel geld uitgaf aan hopeloze oorlogen, maar ook vanwege zijn vele buitenechtelijke verhoudingen. Dat zou kunnen zorgen voor een pijnlijke herinnering aan het privéverleden van de huidige Charles. Desondanks kiest Charles Philip Arthur George ervoor voortaan bekend te staan als Charles III, en niet als George VII, zoals in sommige kringen werd aangenomen.

Monarşideki boyut

Charles söz konusu olduğunda, bu monarşi belki biraz daha küçüktür. Şimdi, başlangıçta olduğundan çok daha fazla, 24’ten fazla üyesi var. Tüm yıl boyunca her türlü iş ziyareti ve diğer kraliyet görevleriyle meşguller.

Charles daha önce görev sayısının azaltılması gerektiğini ve bunların daha az kişiye dağıtılması gerektiğini söylemişti. Uzmanlar, “Charles, herkesin üzerine düşeni yaptığından emin olmak için yalın bir monarşi istiyor ve sözde takipçiler yok” diyor.

Genel olarak, Charles III’ün kral olarak rolünü tam olarak nasıl yerine getireceğini göreceğiz. Bu soru birçok kez soruldu, ancak sözcüsü yorum yapmaktan kaçındı. “Galler Prensi bu ülkeyi derinden önemsiyor. Profesyonel yaşamının çoğunu bireylere ve kuruluşlara fark yaratmaya yardım etmeye adadı. Ve bunu yapmaya devam edecek.”


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Source: NU

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