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The headlines were focused on King Charles III’s birthday earlier in the week. a Prince Philip, his father, was the original park ranger.
Of course, there was the military bands performing “Happy Birthday” Outside Buckingham Palace during the changing of guard And many family members posted celebratory notes and Photos to official social media accounts All this will You probably contributed to the success of the day a memorable one.
But Separately, King addressed the address a dilemma that has remained unresolved since long before Queen Elizabeth II’s death.
Charles requested that the UK Parliament allow Princess Anne and his siblings to leave on Monday. and Prince Edward to be Counsellors of the State. This would allow them to temporarily replace him when he is not there. The King spoke in a message was read in the House of Lords upper chamber that the request was made to maintain the smooth running of government.
“To ensure continued efficiency of public business when I’m unavailable, such as while I’m undertaking official duties overseas, I confirm that I would be most content should Parliament see fit for the number of people who may be called upon to act as Counsellors of State under the terms of the Regency Acts 1937 to 1953 to be increased to include my sister and brother, the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex and Forfar, both of whom have previously undertaken this role,” The King wrote.
The Commons heard the same message.
At present, by law, the group of royals who can fill in for the sovereign numbers five – limited to the monarch’s spouse and The first four members of the family to reach the age of 21 are the successors. Two counselors can be appointed to act on the monarch’s behalf through a Patent letters and Help keep The state is moving forward. At the moment, the cohort includes Queen consort Camilla and the Prince of Wales. and Princess Beatrice
Experts have long suggested the existing pool of counselors is too small, while public debate on the topic grew toward the latter part of the late Queen’s reign as she became increasingly frail. Charles and William was authorized to act as counsellors when the Queen was ill. But It was obvious to many that her two other counselors were also there. Princes Harry and Andrew, despite no longer being working members of the family – albeit for very different, well-covered reasons.
Normaly, the machinations royal Duties would be kept behind the palace walls. But the topic re-emerged with Charles’ accession, and Because any amendments to the Regency Act will require legislation, the House of Lords discussed the matter for the first time in late. last month.
Labour Peer Viscount Stansgate challenged Andrew and Harry’s regency powers, remarking that the Duke of York “has left public life,” The Duke of Sussex “has left the country.” He asked if it was time. “to approach the King to see whether a sensible amendment can be made to this Act?” In response, the Lord Privy Seal, Lord True, said he wouldn’t divulge “any private conversations” He may have had an affair with the King or Royal Household, however that is not the truth. “the government will always consider what arrangements are needed to ensure resilience in our constitutional arrangements.”
The King’s moves this week confirm that the palace has been thinking about the dilemma and The options are endless. The Queen Mother was also a stand-in in the 1953 election for Elizabeth II.
It appears that it is. a The desire to have the matter resolved quickly within Parliament. A day after Charles’ request, members of the Lords replied to the monarch, assuring him they would act “without delay” and “will provide such measures as may appear necessary or expedient for securing the purpose set out by His Majesty.”
And the Lords weren’t kidding when they offered expedience, with the Counsellors of State Bill 2022-23 whipping through the Palace of Westminster at breakneck speed. It was approved for its first reading on Tuesday afternoon. and is scheduled to receive its second reading and Next week, be discussed.
It is a smart solution to expand the number of royals who can substitute for the King when he is not there. a Possible constitutional crisis It allows for greater flexibility and may help to avoid awkward family situations. and The two dukes are protected from any public embarrassment which might have resulted if they were removed their positions. Charles’ approach means both are still technically counselOrs on paper but firmly puts an end to speculation over whether Harry or Andrew will Never be forgotten.
William sends England team off to World Cup style
The Prince of Wales visited the England soccer squad on Monday at St. George’s Park, the team’s HQ, ahead of their This weekend, the World Cup in Qatar begins. William was present to wish the Three Lions well just before they swapped the cold weather of winter for the warmth of Doha. “I’m really here to point out that the rest of the country is behind you,” He told his squad as he presented each of the players with. their Shirt number “We are all rooting for you, enjoy it.”
While William serves as president of England’s Football Association, many Welsh fans on social media suggested the visit was tactless for the holder of the Prince of Wales title and He questioned his loyalty.
William has never been shy to be himself a As we have mentioned, England fans are passionate last week. He was. a George and his son George accompanied him to the Wembley stands at previous tournaments. However, he tried to address the criticism midweek. a Trip to Cardiff’s Welsh Parliament. “I’m telling everyone I’m supporting both, definitely. I can’t lose,” He stated. “I’ve got to be able to play carefully with my affiliations because I worry otherwise if I suddenly drop England to support Wales then that doesn’t look right for the sport.”
William continued that while he was growing up, Wales didn’t qualify for many football tournaments and He chose England. But he’ll be cheering both teams on in their First games Monday and more broadly, he’s found a Both countries have been supported over the years. “I’ve supported England [football] since I’ve been quite small, but I support Welsh rugby. That’s kind of my way of doing it.”
This year’s tournament is Wales’ first World Cup in more than half a century. Both teams will clash in the group stages on Nov 29.
King Charles shares ‘concern’ After the floods in Australia
The King sent a Letter to the late Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese last Week to express concern following flash floods that devastated Victoria’s parts. a State in the southeast corner of the country. “Our heartfelt thoughts are with all those affected and for the losses that have been suffered,” Charles wrote. “It has been particularly inspiring to see how communities have pulled together to protect homes and livestock and to support each other during this appallingly difficult period,” He added. The floods are the latest threat caused by climate change that Australia has faced in recent years – after battling wildfires For months in 2020. PA Media reported that Albanese claimed in September that the he would be. “very comfortable” The King expressing his opinions on the matter “importance of climate change. It is about the very survival of our way of life,” He stated.
Kate visited Ukrainian refugees who settled in the UK.
The Princess of Wales visited Reading Ukrainian Community Center on Thursday, to meet with displaced Ukrainian families who have arrived in the United Kingdom following Russia’s invasion of their Heimat country. After hearing the stories of these families – whose lives at the end of the year are unrecognizable from how they were at the beginning – Kate joined Ukrainian children taking part in an art session. Kate’s visit followed a She hosted a virtual roundtable meeting last Week, she met with First Lady of Ukraine to discuss ways to offer mental health support to the Ukrainians amidst the ongoing conflict.
Harry For military children who have lost a parent, this letter is deeply personal.
Prince Harry It may not have happened in the UK last weekend’s Remembrance Day but he found his own way to mark the occasion. The Duke of Sussex wrote a letter to bereaved military children through the British charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers, offering his sympathies and He shares his experience with grief. “We share a bond even without ever meeting one another, because we share in having lost a parent. I know first-hand the pain and grief that comes with loss and want you to know that you are not alone,” He wrote. The charity helps children whose parents died serving in the British armed forces. On Remembrance Sunday, dozens of these brave children marched through London wearing the charity’s black and Yellow scarves Harry Also, wrote knowingly about the “difficult feelings” Remembrance acts can be a powerful way to stir. “Whenever you need a reminder of this, I encourage you to lean into your friends at Scotty’s Little Soldiers,” He stated. “I couldn’t be more grateful and relieved that you have amazing people walking beside you throughout your journey.” The United States is the largest country in which to find it. Harry You can commemorate Veterans Day by attending a remembrance service at Pearl Harbor, while on his Archewell foundation’s website, he and Meghan, Meghan’s spouse, praised the “brave men and women” Who have “made tremendous sacrifices and embody duty and service.” Read Harry’s full letter here.
Getting grilled about his footballing allegiances was not William’s principal reason for going to Cardiff. Wednesday saw the Prince of Wales visit the Senedd to meet representatives from the Welsh Parliament and Hear about the most important issues to the Welsh people. William also met members of the Welsh Youth Parliament who were open to discussing topics concerning their Generation of future leaders
Charles III led Britain’s annual Remembrance Sunday service for the first time as monarch last weekend. Camilla, the Queen Consort, was also present at the service. and Other members of the royal Family at the Cenotaph monument, central London. The new monarch was laid a wreath, whose design paid tribute to King George VI’s wreaths. and His mother, the late Queen. Camilla was joined at the moment by the Princess Of Wales and other senior royals. and The Development Office looks out onto the war monument. A wreath was laid on the Queen Consort’s behalf for the first time. Read more in our story.
Thursday’s speech at Buckingham Palace was Camilla’s first public speech as Queen Consort.