Queen Elizabeth could designate different successors on each of Her Thrones

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.

Charles and Camilla plan to reign on the Throne of England as King Charles III and Queen Camilla. It’s unclear if they will reign over other parts of the United Kingdom.

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 light of various national aspirations, and a rejection of globalist endeavors like the European Union, the Queen is considering naming different successors to each of Her Thrones in the United Kingdom. In that scenario it’s thought that she would name Charles the King of England and Wales; Prince William would be named the King of Scotland; while Prince Harry would be named the King of Northern Ireland.  The Queen believes that arrangement will help keep the kingdom united while recognizing the need for national symbols of pride for Her subjects in Her various Kingdoms.  The arrangement could also accommodate the eventual reunification of Ireland.

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 widely believed that Princess Anne would prefer to reign on the Throne of Australia rather than the Throne of Canada or New Zealand. Her eldest son, Peter Phillips, pictured above, would be expected to take the title Crown Prince, while her current husband, Timothy Laurence, takes the title Duke of New South Wales. 
As sovereign of Australia, a future Queen Anne would likely reside at Government House — the current home of the Queen’s appointed Governor-General — until a palace equal to Australia’s national aspirations can be built.

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.

Prince Edward Earl of Wessex and his wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, could become the King and Queen of New Zealand.
If Edward and Sophie are anointed to reign over New Zealand, it’s likely they would initially reside at the Government House of Wellington, the Governor-General’s official residence.

“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.”

If the Queen decides to appoint different successors to each of her Thrones, Palace insiders predict that she will overlook Prince Andrew in the line of succession. Princess Beatrice could be named the next Queen of Canada.

 

Rideau Palace in Ottawa is the official residence of the Governor-General of Canada and is the home of Canada’s sovereign.  

The Queen has been considering naming Louis Alphonse de Bourbon, who is seen by many monarchists as ‘the rightful heir to the Throne of France’, as the Count of Quebec, in something of a ‘minor Bourbon restoration’.  The Queen feels that the Province of Quebec should have a symbol of national identity within the Canadian confederation.  Louis Alphonse also happens to be a great-great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria.

 

Louis Alphonse de Bourbon, born 25 April 1974, in Madrid is the head of the House of Bourbon by primogeniture. The Bourbons are the royal family of Spain and formerly ruled France and other countries. As a pretender to the French throne, he is styled Louis XX and Duke of Anjou. Louis Alphonse considers himself the senior heir of King Hugh Capet of France (r. 987 to 996). His claim to the French throne is based on his descent from Louis XIV of France (r. 1643-1715) through his grandson Philip V of Spain. Philip renounced his claim to the French throne under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. The rival Orleanist pretenders argue that as a Spanish citizen Louis Alphonse is ineligible for the French Throne. Louis Alphonse is patrilineally the senior great-grandson of King Alfonso XIII of Spain. However, his grandfather Infante Jaime, Duke of Segovia, renounced his rights to the Spanish throne for himself and his descendants owing to his deafness (a renunciation disputed by legitimists). The crown of Spain has descended to his second cousin, King Felipe VI of Spain. Through his father, he is a great-great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. Alternatively, he could be named King of Belize, where Queen Elizabeth II also currently reigns as sovereign. 

 

Jean, Count of Paris, is the current head of the House of Orléans, the branch of the House of Bourbon that remains in France and remains culturally French. The senior male descendant by primogeniture in the male-line of Louis-Philippe I, King of the French, he is, according to the Orléanists, the legitimate claimant to the throne of France as Jean IV. Of France’s three monarchist movements, Orléanism, Legitimism, and Bonapartism, most royalists are Orléanists.  Prince Jean is the second son of Prince Henri, Count of Paris (1933–2019), the late head of the House of Orléans, and his former wife Duchess Marie-Thérèse of Württemberg. He is lobbying Queen Elizabeth II to name him the Count of Quebec rather than Louis Alphonse de Bourbon.

 

Prince Michael of Kent, a paternal first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, being a grandson of King George V and Queen Mary, Prince Michael is currently 48th in the line of succession to the British throne, but at the time of his birth was seventh in the line of succession. Prince Michael occasionally represents the Queen at some functions in Commonwealth realms outside the United Kingdom.  The Queen is considering naming him the King of Gibraltar.

 

David Albert Charles Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon is the son of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, he is therefore a nephew of Queen Elizabeth II, and a grandson of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. As of June 2020, he is 21st in the line of succession to the British throne, where he is the first person who is not a descendant of the Queen. At the time of his birth in 1961, he was fifth.  He could be named the King of the British Virgin Islands. 

 

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.  He could be named the King of Bermuda — if Elizabeth chooses to recognize Bermuda’s sovereignty with an independent successor to its own Throne. 

 

Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, is the most senior male-line descendant of Queen Victoria and her husband Albert, Prince Consort. At birth, he was 5th in the line of succession to the British throne, currently he is 27th.  Queen Elizabeth is considering naming him the King of the Caymen Islands.

 

Princess Alexandra was born to Prince George, Duke of Kent, the fourth son of King George V and Queen Mary, and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, a daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark and Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia. At the time of her birth, she was sixth in the line of succession to the British throne.  Queen Elizabeth may name her the Queen of Turks and Caicos. 

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