Her Majesty The Queen is still reigning, but recently it has become more apparent Prince Charles is preparing for the time when he is king.
When Prince Andrew requested working titles for his daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Prince Charles shot down the idea. Although the final decision came down to Her Majesty, Prince Charles had a large say in the matter.
This is not the first time we have seen the image of what Prince Charles sees for the future of the monarchy. During the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, there was a very small number of the Royal Family who made the appearance on the balcony at Buckingham Palace. This new streamlined monarchy consisted of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
The Queen’s other children, the Duke of York, Princess Anne and the Earl of Wessex were left out. Luckily for Prince Charles, The Queen is siding with him and even better, so is her key adviser, Sir Christopher Geidt. Sir Christopher is a former Scots Guard who took over the position in 2007 from Sir Robin Janvrin (now Lord), who the Prince of Wales was known to argue with.
Prince Charles and Sir Christopher must see eye to eye in order of the transition from Her Majesty to the Prince of Wales to go smoothly, whenever (although inevitably) that will be.
At Clarence House, Prince Charles has set up his own “court” per se, as have the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace.
In 2014, they tried to merge all through palace press offices, however, those attempts failed, and Charles requested his PR staff back to Clarence House.
Prince Charles may be King-in-waiting for many more years, but he is already flexing his would-be powers.
Since the original time of publication in October 2016, many changes have occurred that will no doubt alter Prince Charles’s path in becoming Sovereign.
Sir Christopher has retired, along with Samantha Cohen, The Queen’s Assistant Private Secretary. The changes come as Prince Philip also announced his retirement from a public life. Sir Christopher has handed his role down to Edward Young.
It is relativity unknown on how Prince Charles gets on with Young, although, it is rumoured that he has a lighter side even convincing Her Majesty to parachute into the Olympic opening ceremonies with James Bond. Either way, Charles will need to form a tight bond with Young to ensure a smooth transition come the time.
The combination of Her Majesty handing off more of her patronages and Prince Philip’s retirement also make one think of how much longer The Queen will go on? While abdication will never be on the cards for Queen Elizabeth, retirement may not be far off creating Prince Charles Prince Regent so he may act on her behalf but she never has to abdicate.
As his father has retired, Prince Charles will be stepping up his role even more for the one day he is finally King. At least no one can accuse him of being ill-prepared!