A British teenager, Olivia Burch, joined hundreds of thousands of other mourners to queue for hours to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth at Westminster Hall. The body of the late queen at that time was still buried in that place. But despite popular respect for the head of Europe’s oldest monarchy, Burch thinks British government should no longer be a monarchy.
Charles, 73, ascended the throne at a time when a poll showed support for Britain’s monarchy had plunged to record lows, and that – despite soaring since he became king – he was personally much less popular than his mother.
“I think he’s going to be a brilliant king, and with Camilla by his side, he’s going to be absolutely fantastic,” said Rosie Beddows, 57, who was at Westminster Hall as Charles and his brothers stood guard beside his mother’s coffin.
As the heir to wait longer than any other potential monarch in British history, Charles forged himself to play an active role in campaigning for a wide range of issues ranging from environmental and climate change to architecture and alternative medicine.
What Charles did was in fact lead to accusations that he intervened too much in various affairs. There were even concerns that as king, Charles would abandon his mother’s neutral and apolitical approach to constitutional monarchy.
Some media noted that unlike other Britons, Charles did not pay inheritance taxes. In addition, Charles is known to have 10 houses and palaces across the country.