As a loyal subject of the Empire I have waited with great anticipation for the coronation of the Crown Prince, and to sing and play the National Anthem with renewed gusto. He himself must have been looking forward to that great day also. Undoubtedly, he would have done his best to prepare himself for the expected role.
He availed himself of what he thought was the best education to prepare him for the role. He gained much knowledge of World Affairs perhaps with Diplomatic postings and other overseas assignments.
His shortcomings, however is his relationship with women and the scandals brought on the Monarchy as a result.
These caused many to look at the Dynasty with disdain. He hoped that time would heal this wound and many would forget his indiscretions if he maintained a dignified silence on the matter.
Apparently, there were only two pathways to the Crown:
Retirement of the Monarch
Death of the Monarch
Although the Monarch is aging, there appears to be no intention of retiring. Even though the popularity of the Monarch is waning, there is still substantial loyal following. For many, this is the only Monarch they know. They like the reassuring voice in an unstable and changing world. Possible onset of senility is not important as, at that age, the role of the Monarch is merely ceremonial. All important duties were allocated to others. The main role is in Public Relations: Look good, and sound good. Cultivate a positive attitude of subjects towards the Dynasty.
Death of the Monarch is unthinkable as many question whether the son can keep the empire together. As long as there is life there is hope.
Under no circumstances should he follow in the footsteps of his namesake Charles 1, the only Monarch that was beheaded. He reigned for 24 years (1625 -1649). He felt that he had a God given right to rule the Kingdom and that he was above the law. He had much difficulty with Parliament and did not think he needed their approval for spending. He also had difficulties with the church. He imposed unpopular taxes, and his actions were described as tyrannical.
Barbados, known to us as Little England will become a republic next month. We, however, must plan a big celebration for the coronation our Crown Prince whenever it happens sooner rather than later. God save the King!