Royal experts tell The Chronicle that — if she chooses to do so — Queen Elizabeth could designate different successors on each of her Thrones. Though she has been toying with the idea among close staff and courtiers, she is not widely expected to make any abrupt decisions.
If she were to designate different successors to reign over each of those Thrones, it could revive the relevance of the monarchy as an international institution. Doing so would firmly establish the House of Windsor as the most wide-reaching royal family, surpassing even the French House of Bourbon, whose sovereigns continue to reign in Spain and Luxembourg.
The Queen is recognized as the sovereign of sixteen nations, each with a Throne of its own right. (She reigns over 19 nations if you count Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, which comprise the United Kingdom). Her most consequential Thrones are those of the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Scotland.
It’s very likely that Prince Charles will succeed Queen Elizabeth on the Thrones of England and the United Kingdom as King Charles III — though she has been considering naming Prince William as King of Scotland, in order to recognize the Scottish peoples’ aspiration for sovereignty; and naming Prince Harry the King of Northern Ireland, to accommodate the eventual reunification of Ireland under an independent Irish Crown.
That arrangement would allow the Scottish people a pronounced level of sovereignty — already having been granted a Parliament of their own only a few years ago. Given that William is Charles’ heir, the United Kingdom can expect long-term unity in the expectation that a King William of Scotland will inherit the Throne of England and Wales at the time of King Charles III’s passing.
In that scenario, Queen Elizabeth would name Princess Anne the Queen of Australia and would name Prince Edward the King of New Zealand (though it’s unclear if those royals would prefer to leave those Thrones to their respective heirs, Peter Phillips and Lady Louise Windsor, respectively). Each is well established in England and some suspect they might prefer to allow their children the opportunity for a long reign.
It’s clear that the Queen would avoid naming her scandalized son Prince Andrew to succeed her on the Throne of Canada, and would more likely name his oldest daughter, Princess Beatrice, to serve as the Queen of Canada.
It’s thought that the Queen is inclined to a name Charles as the King of all of the United Kingdom’s dependencies, including Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu.
“The Queen hears calls from her subjects to reject globalism, and the public professes a love of sovereignty,” the source explains. “The Queen’s last gift to her subjects will be to give them more sovereigns so that they have the symbols that inspire national pride and mobilize the energy of nations.”
“Elizabeth inherited an Empire, and she plans to bequeath to her subjects the pride of national identities, which does not come easily with imperialism,” he adds. “It’s really quite profound from a governance standpoint.”
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