As part of the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II, the committal service was place in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Monday, preserving a royal tradition.
According to the U.K. Daily Mirror, one seat in the front row was unoccupied.
According to the Mirror, the queen found the aforementioned first-row seat unpleasant when she attended services there. The queen utilized the chapel while in residence at Windsor Castle.
She walked to the second row, knowing that no one would seat in front of her since royal custom dictates that no one may sit in front of the king.
Royal commentator Rebecca English stated at the time that the seat was always unoccupied.
She remarked, “She needs to be seen — and the seat she was sitting in today is her favorite seat in that chapel, apparently!”
Monday’s vacant seat in front of King Charles III indicated that this aspect of his mother’s behavior will be ingrained in his reign.
Anna Whitelock, a professor of contemporary monarchy history at City University London, told The Associated Press that now that the festivities are finished, Charles must confront the realities of his position as king.
“What place does a monarchy have in a multi-faith, multi-ethnic society? And is it the right rallying point for the nation? And should it be the monarch representing the U.K. abroad? What does it say about us? Is it a bastion of tradition that people should applaud?” she said.
“Or is it actually a check on progress that actually doesn’t represent the inclusive, diverse society that people would hope that Britain would now become?”
Her forecast was that Charles would prioritize continuity at least at the beginning of his reign.
A native of the Caribbean and community organizer in London, Bertram Leon, stated that change is inevitable.
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“The king is actually going to change, perhaps modernize the monarchy in the image that he thinks in the current day. We can’t live back in the 1920s, ’30s or ’50s, when Elizabeth took over. We are now in the 21st century, and I think things are going to be regarded and looked at a bit different,” he said.
“Monarchy is no longer about the clash of steel,” British constitutional expert Lord Peter Hennessy told Financial Times.
“It’s a welfare monarchy. It’s about the clink of scissors cutting the ribbon at the opening of some new National Health facility. About perking up people who need perking up. And the whole family is good at that,” he said. CONTINUE READING…