A king in a non-royal time

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The big question that arises today  deals with what are the challenges that await King Charles III for the oldest royal thrones and the most influential in global politics at all??

The British monarchy faces indescribable challenges, as happened in the royal succession ceremony, which witnessed less than 48 hours after the death of Queen Elizabeth II the announcement of King Charles III officially as the new king of Britain, but the reality is more complicated than that, as Charles ascended the throne at a time full of challenges. For the United Kingdom, the new king faces unprecedented challenges.

The first challenge facing King Charles III is the energy crisis in the country, that confrontation that changes the perception and idea of ​​the monarchy in the country after his mother’s rule for 70 years. Millions of families in Britain are facing a potential shortage of fuel, with the pressures facing energy prices due to the Ukraine war. The most pessimistic forecasts indicate that up to 45 million people will struggle to pay their bills, two-thirds of the country's population.

The second challenge is the decline in enthusiasm for the monarchy, and the decline in public support for the monarchy during the last three decades, and the results of the poll showed that only 55 percent of Britons believe that it is very important to have a monarchy, and this support has fluctuated in the past decades Between sixty percent and seventy percent, one of the challenges facing King Charles III is to make the monarchy attractive to the younger generations, so that 14 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 34 believe that it is very important for Britain to have a monarchy, while it was The rate is 44 percent among those over the age of 55.

The third challenge is political neutrality. King Charles III is at the head of the United Kingdom, but his powers are mostly symbolic, and accordingly it is expected that members of the royal family will remain politically neutral. Many have seen the restraint adopted by Queen Elizabeth II as a result of her belief in the old saying, "Do not complain, do not justify." Charles used to speak publicly in the past on various issues of concern to him. In 2015, he revealed that he had written dozens of letters to government ministers expressing his concern. On various issues from finance to the armed forces.

There is a consensus of opinion that King Charles III realized from his early days that his style had to change, the public did not want a king active in a campaign to support a cause.

Another challenge, no less difficult, awaits King Charles III, which is preserving the unity of the Commonwealth. Some of the countries affiliated with the Commonwealth have begun to discuss their relationship with the British Crown during the past years, after King Charles III has now become, after the death of his mother, the head of the Commonwealth, which is a political union that includes 56 country, most of which are former British colonies and he is also the head of state of 14 countries besides the United Kingdom

As for the challenge of managing the property alone, it is expected that Prince William will share royal duties, and King Charles III is the oldest person to ascend the royal throne.

Enormous challenges await King Charles, and as a reminder, King Edward VII came to power in similar circumstances, and Queen Elizabeth II enjoyed great popularity, as evidenced by the outpouring of feelings of grief over her across the country after her death, and that in itself is a challenge for the new king. However, it is not a difficult challenge to overcome, according to observers and specialists in the issues of the British crown, as there are interesting similarities between the moment we are living now and the end of the Victorian era.

So will King Charles III follow the mistake of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as a role model??