The royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton, set for April 29th, 2011, is the most anticipated wedding since the royal wedding of William’s parents, Prince Charles and Diana Spencer in 1981. With the approaching nuptials, many royal enthusiasts are wondering if, and according to various polls put out in England, many Britons are hoping, the Queen will pass the throne to Prince William instead of his father, Prince Charles. On Friday, April 29th, 2011 when millions of viewers around the world watch Prince William and Kate Middleton say, “I do,” will the world be watching the wedding of the next King and Queen?
According to a poll put out in Britain’s News of the World, 62 percent of Britons want Prince William to be the next King and his new bride, Kate Middleton, queen. Polls put out in various sources reveal that the majority of British people and the world alike, favor William and Kate over his father, Charles and his new bride, Camilla. Many citizens have expressed the sentiment that the monarchy needs the youthful and modern leadership predicted of Prince William. They argue that the Sovereign should be one who can identify with the current generation of his/her reign. Advanced age, however, is the not the only case being used again Prince Charles.
The biggest obstacle that Prince Charles faces regarding his potential future reign is the immense worldwide popularity of his first wife, Princess Diana and the fact that he and Diana divorced in 1996 and Charles subsequently married his mistress, Camilla Parker-Bowles. The public has long accused Parker-Bowles as the reason for Charles’ and Diana’s marital strife and seperation. This political plight was exacerbated by the death of Princess Diana in an automobile accident in Paris on August 31, 1997. Many feel that it would be a dishonor to Diana’s legacy to allow Camilla to sit as wife to the King.
This political and social dilemma highlights the debate over whether or not age is a factor in leadership capabilities. Should the acting sovereign represent the current generation? Also, does infidelity and divorce destroy any potential political leadership ( remember the Clinton scandal)? With the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton on April 29th, 2011 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee set for the summer of 2012, many royal insiders are predicting that Her Majesty will pass the crown to her grandson, Prince William, instead of her son, Charles, who is currently next-in-line to occupy the throne. Only time will tell, but one thing is for certain- the world will be watching and waiting!