Prince Charles is still waiting for the time that he will be crowned as King. But what happens if Queen Elizabeth decides to skip him in favor of Prince William?
On the online forum site Quora, royal fans shared their thoughts about the question. One of them said that Her Majesty has no right to just hand over or give the crown to anyone he pleases even if it is to Prince William.
“The Queen cannot change who her successor is — only Parliament can do that, and nowadays it would probably need to be done in consultation and cooperation with the other realms which share the same monarch as was done a few years ago when the change was made to proved for absolute primogeniture (succession of the first-born) rather than male preference (succession by sons before daughters),” Michael Robson said.
Robson went on to say that it is unlikely for the Queen to hand over the crown to Prince William even if she has the right to because she is also looking forward to the day that her eldest son would take over the monarchy.
During her speech last year, Her Majesty said that her hope for Prince Charles when he sits on the throne is for him to also be the Head of the Commonwealth.
“The latter is a separate office; the Queen has held it since it was created but it was certain that that would continue into the next reign. Now it has been decided that it will,” he said.
Georgina Lee also said a similar thing. According to her, the decision on who will succeed is not up to her. The monarch has no right to pick her own successor. But her role is mainly to prepare whoever comes next for the important job.
David Cannon, who completed university papers on British history, said that the succession is fixed by law. The Queen doesn’t also have any power to bequeath the crown to the Duke of Cambridge or anyone else for that matter.