Everything We Think Will Happen When Prince William Becomes King

Everything We Think Will Happen When Prince William Becomes King

A major shift in the line of succession won’t be the only change when Prince William takes the throne. Here’s what’s in store for the monarchy after King Charles III dies.

Early Years and Destiny

From the moment he was born, Prince William was destined to be king. Although he had a huge responsibility for his future, his parents tried to give him as normal of an upbringing as possible.

So much so that according to Andrew Morton’s book, “William and Catherine: Their Lives, Their Wedding,” Prince William had even considered becoming a policeman as a kid. However, Prince Harry reminded him of the important duty he has in his future. Prince Harry told William, “You can’t, you have to be king.”

Acceptance of Future Role

As the years went by, Prince William grew more accustomed to the idea of becoming the future monarch, but it’s not something he desperately wants.

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Implications of William’s Ascension

While Prince William may not want to rush his ascent to the throne, it will eventually happen, and when it does, things will change. Amid King Charles’s cancer treatments, Buckingham Palace has reportedly given his funeral plans an update, fuelling worries that the king may be in worse shape than the palace is admitting.

It’s important to remember that official plans like these are constantly being kept up to date, but the news has renewed interest in the process that will happen following the death of King Charles.

Transition of Power

Much like how King Charles took the title of king following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, William will do the same.

Charles’ death will mark the beginning of a new monarchy with Prince William taking over.

King Charles’ cancer diagnosis helped put into perspective what a monarchy under Prince William would look like as he took on more royal duties while his father was recovering.

A British historian told CBC: “The crisis with King Charles threw the role of Prince William into sharp focus because we now really could begin to see him as the king in waiting and not just the prince of Wales.”

The expert added that there seems to be a shift on the horizon towards a more modern monarchy, which will likely accelerate under a future King William.

They said: “There have been statements from the Royal Family even in recent weeks that they are looking to create a more socially relevant monarchy that’s actually involved in caring for all the people of Britain in a non-political way.”

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Succession Continuity

William won’t be the only one stepping into a new role upon Charles’ death. Everyone in succession to the throne will move up in the ladder, with Prince George becoming next in line for the title of king. It’s extremely likely that he’ll be given the title of Prince of Wales during this time, like his father and grandfather before him.

The title is traditionally given to the heir apparent, though the final decision to do so will rest with William. And until George has kids, William and Kate’s other two children, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, will follow in line for the throne behind him.

Changes in Titles

Another likely change following William’s accession is Kate Middleton’s title. Prior to the wedding of Prince William and Kate, the royal was referred to by her given name. Afterwards, she was given the title of Duchess of Cambridge.

Over the years, she has acquired different names, but as soon as William becomes king, she will be queen consort.

The reason the consort aspect is attached to the title is because she is not a royal by blood but rather through marriage. This is the same title that Queen Camilla assumed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Much like Camilla, who became just Queen Camilla after King Charles’ coronation, the consort aspect of Kate’s title will probably be dropped after William’s coronation.

Future of Queen Camilla

As for what would happen to Queen Camilla, well, it would be in the hands of Prince William. Typically, however, if a monarch’s wife outlives them, they will be given the title of queen dowager, which essentially means a widow of a king.

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