Retirement of Her Majesty the Queen

On November 14th 2014 (this Friday) HRH Charles, Prince of Wales will be 66, 63 years since becoming heir apparent and 46 years since his investiture as Prince of Wales at Caernarfon Castle.  His apprenticeship is now longer than that of his great great grandfather, King Edward VII.  By comparison with his forebears, nobody surely could deny that Charles has worked harder at his largely undefined role of Prince of Wales than any other heir to the throne in British history.

On September 9th 2015, HM Queen Elizabeth II will pass her great great grandmother, Queen Victoria, as the longest reigning British Monarch.  The Queen’s reign will then be 63 years 7 months and 3 days old.  The sight (last week) of her son and heir wearing a funny hat in a drug ridden South American state – Columbia – does not do anything for his dignity, or that of the Crown, nor does it do any favours at all for the 16 countries including Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, owing allegiance to the Crown.

Would it not be timely therefore for the Queen to see her way to allowing Prince Charles to accede to the throne fairly soon after September 9th next year?  As she is said to shudder at the word “abdication”, could we not find an alternative, say “retire from” in line, in fact, with every single one of her subjects.

It is true there is a potential problem with the republican movements in Canada, Australia and New Zealand – all of which have tacitly agreed to keep quiet while the Queen herself is on the throne. But this is a challenge which official Britain and the governments of those countries must rise to.  A Britain freed from the restrictions of the EU would surely want to give much more attention to its kith and kin countries than it has done over the last 40 years.  In any event Queen Elizabeth II would still be around, we may hope, for many years to come as the most honoured and respected Queen Mother in all history.

In what truer way could Her Majesty serve her peoples, whom on April 21st 1947 she so movingly vowed to serve all her life, than to allow her son and heir a chance to show what he can do as King, while he still has the strength and vigour to do so?

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