Charles III: Our Quack King

A s we prepare to celebrate 60 glorious years of a woman who has done little worth noting, ghoulish questions nag at the back of the mind. When, for instance, will the Queen die? Elections remove presidents in democratic republics. When your country is governed by the hereditary principle, however, only abdication or death can dispense with the sovereign. As Elizabeth II is 86, and has shown no desire to abdicate, we must wonder when the grim reaper, who scythes down royal and commoner alike, will bring us a change.

The first question raises a second. Will the leaders of the British state allow the succession to pass to Charles Windsor, a man whose ill-formed and incontinent mind renders him unfit for the role of constitutional
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