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    Then most avid royalist supporters seem to want to be able to choose William as head of state over Charles. They seem to get cross that we can't choose William. There's a word for being able to choose your head of state. Republicanism

    I think most of us are just very small c-conservative in the monarchy and they like the Queen more than the actual monarchy system itself.

    Could get interesting when the Queen pops her clogs :beard:
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    Then most avid royalist supporters seem to want to be able to choose William as head of state over Charles. They seem to get cross that we can't choose William. There's a word for being able to choose your head of state. Republicanism

    I think most of us are just very small c-conservative in the monarchy and they like the Queen more than the actual monarchy system itself.

    Could get interesting when the Queen pops her clogs :beard:
    No lots of people would like it to be William they aren't however chomping at the bit to force it to be William


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    to be honest, I think when charles becomes the monarch people will quickly change their mind about monarchism, for obvious reasons relating to the absence of elizabeth
    and I think by the time william becomes king, he'd have let his inflated ego go to his head and hence he'd have become just like his father in modern times, or the current pope politicising a non-political office - there will be too much room for it to go wrongly

    basically, one of those two will tarnish the name of the monarchy in a lot of people's eyes, either because one of them can't fill the shoes of the previous monarch, or they'll try to hard and still fail. people will start to question "who even are these people really?" and "who are these family members that are always standing behind them on that balcony - why are they important?"
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    OP is correct in that many support Elizabeth II personally, but I don't think it's anywhere near possible to therefore describe anything like a majority of the population as republican.

    I think there's a hard core of monarchists, a similarly-sized hard core of republicans, and the vast majority of people in the middle who don't mind the monarchy all that much but tend not to think about it all that much. People are small-c conservatives, as OP says.

    None of this detracts from that fact that the monarchy is awesome though

    Also, Charles will be a fine King. He's been trained since birth, takes his duty seriously, is a diligent, hard-working, thoughtful man. Much of the 'controversy' that has followed him is down to a) a bizarre attachment to a particularly angle of the Diana death story, and/or b) flat-out, complete and utter, ignorance of the constitution.

    The Guardian in particular has a very bad understanding of the role of the Prince of Wales and seems to have a bee in its bonnet about the whole thing.
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    If Republicans think that Charles becoming king will suddenly lead to a surge of republicanism (or anything 'interesting') then they are hopelessly out of touch. While most people don't care for the tradition or even his personality, they rather like the pomp, the fact that the royals are good figureheads and that they can be trusted not to pander for political gain.

    The only shot of real republicanism will be when the children and grandchildren of the current monarch look like degenerate sex pests ect.. So long as Will and Kate behave and raise their children properly, the monarchy will be fine for the next century.
 
 
 
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