The End Of An Era and The New King For Climate: What’s Next For The British Monarchy?
After 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth Windsor passed away at 96, surrounded by her family at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.• Sept. 8, 2022
Whether you’re a monarchist or not, you have to admit that Elizabeth Regina II – Lilibet et as Prince Phillip used to call her - was a magnificent monarch and also a most capable and beloved mother figure for the British people. She was also The United Kingdom's longest reigning monarch. If you like our content, please become a patron to get our bonus episodes and our public episodes ad-free. 1, 2
Now, the UK has a new king: King Charles III. Camilla became Queen Consort and William, the heir to the throne, is now Duke of Cornwall and will become Duke of Windsor. Prince George is second in line to the throne.
When her father George VI died in February 1952, Elizabeth—then 25 years old—became queen regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (known today as Sri Lanka), as well as Head of the Commonwealth. During her reign, she had 15 Prime Ministers, from Winston Churchill to Liz Truss.
The Queen’s coronation in 1953 and her marriage to Prince Phillip, the birth of her 4 children (King Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew Duke of York and Prince Edward Earl of Wessex), the celebrations of her Silver, Golden, Diamond, and Platinum jubilees in 1977, 2002, 2012, and 2022, are some of the important milestones of her life. She had several residences: Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Balmoral Castle, Holyrood Place, Sandringham Estate, and Hillsborough Castle. King Charles also has several homes: Clarence House, Highgrove, Birkhall and Llwynywermod.
King Charles III has a passion for gardening, plants and green spaces and was way ahead of his time with his care for the environment, a worry he expressed in his 1970 speech in which he warns about plastic, pollution and the dangers of climate change. He also loves sustainable architecture and built an eco-town called Pundbury on the outskirts of Dorchester, in Dorset. He enjoys organic farming and products, which he has been growing since before the word “organic” became fashionable. 3, 4, 5,
1. Anneta Konstantindes. American tourists once met the Queen and had no idea who she was — so she played a joke on them. Business Insider India. June 2022. ⇤
3. The Royal Family Youtube channel. The Prince of Wales reflects on 50 years since his first speech on the environment. Youtube. February 2020. ⇤
4. Royal Institue of British Architects Facebook page. Next month marks 30 years since Prince Charles’s (in)famous ‘Carbuncle’ speech.... Facebook. April 2014. ⇤
5. A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at the 150th anniversary of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Royal Gala Evening at Hampton Court Palace. Prince of Wales Official Website. May 1984. ⇤
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