Deep in the halls of Buckingham Palace, some of Queen Elizabeth’s most tenured courtiers have been contemplating Her Majesty’s succession plans — not just for the Throne of the United Kingdom, but for her fifteen Thrones around the world — in order to maintain the institution in various forms across the commonwealth after her passing.
One such strategy would recommend to Queen Elizabeth that she leaves her four largest Thrones — in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand — to four separate successors so that each monarchy can operate as an autonomous institution, benefiting from the full presence of a resident sovereign in-country.
Presumably, Prince Charles would reign as King of the United Kingdom, while the Queen would hand-select her other descendants to reign over the other nations. It’s thought that Prince Harry, Princess Anne, or Prince Edward would be suitable successors to reign over Canada.
Though the monarchy remains popular in Canada by a margin of 2-to-1, Queen Elizabeth may preemptively mute any pushback to modifications of her succession plan from the Government of Canada by also leaving her other Thrones in the Western Hemisphere to the same successor.
If the Canadian monarch also serves as the sovereign of the Queen’s realms in the Caribbean — including Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines — the monarchy as an institution would greatly expand the Government of Canada’s political and economic reach into the Caribbean.
It’s thought that the institution could enhance Canada’s foreign affairs influence, particularly in the Americas, while also helping to accelerate those Caribbean realms’ economic development (presumably with preferential access to Canadian markets, banks, tourists, and retirees).
It’s unclear if Bermuda and the Falkland Islands, which have considerable sea resources, will be included in such a succession deal.