It’s Time for Queen Elizabeth to Hang Up Her Crown Already

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queen elizabethToday marks the 60th year that Queen Elizabeth II has been queen. Happy ... Queen Day? E took to the throne in 1952 when she was just 25 years old after her father, George VI, died. (What were you doing when you were 25?) And the ol' gal shows no signs of stepping down any time soon. In a message to the people of Britain, she stated: "In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope that we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship, and good neighborliness."

Aw, that's sweet. I wish we had someone so austere here in America. But ... isn't it time she throw in the scepter already? I know one person who thinks so ...

Prince Charles. At the rate he's going, that poor man is going be 85 when he becomes king. Of course, he hasn't expressed any displeasure with the situation -- that would be foolish -- but how could he not be displeased? His mother has been running the royal joint since she was 25; he's 63. Let him have a crack at it already. He's so close yet so far away. And besides, doesn't she want to just relax right now? She's 85!

Obviously, there are many, many perks to being the Queen of England -- one being, you're the freakin' Queen of England. But I certainly don't think Elizabeth would have to forgo her luxurious lifestyle if she stepped down. She'd just have to speak in public less, have fewer formalities, and cut down on the pillbox hats. No biggie. It should be a welcome change for her -- she can just enjoy her incredibly ostentatious life, no holds barred, as opposed to, you know, "working."

Perhaps that's what keeps her going, though -- the work. They say it's good to have a purpose in life, and maybe for Elizabeth, being queen is that purpose. It's a good one, I guess. But man, for Charles, it's really gotta suck sometimes.

Do you think Queen Elizabeth should step down and let her son have a go?

 

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jalaz77 jalaz77

Or hang up her various ugly hats : )

nonmember avatar cookie

Prince Charles is the reason why the Queen won't be giving up her crown. She'll wait until the last possible moment and hopefully it will end up going straight to William.

Sierr... SierraLynn

I think she will step down when and if she sees fit.

I don't think she should just to let her son have a crack at it.

JAFE JAFE

I love the queen and I also love her hats and beautiful clothes. But yes, I think Prince Charles should have a chance. Or, better yet, skip right over him and go with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

kmsjax kmsjax

The monarchy is an institution with rules.  One doesn't simply step down, it causes crisis and demeans the institution.  Nor can she simply skip Charles. The rules of succession exist to create stability and do not bend to personalities.

Littl... LittleFrogsMA

Charles is a tool.  He selfishly continued his relationship with Camilla after picking out a way too young girl to marry.   


 


Elizabeth will NEVER abdicate.  She saw what her uncle's abdication (over a woman!) did to her country and to her father.   She's made of better stuff than that.  She will serve as Queen as long as she is alive.    Elizabeth has held her position for 60 years with grace and dignity.  She is everything a monarch SHOULD be (if one wants a monarch).   The world will miss her when she passes but I certainly hope Charles is not around to see that day.   Prince William and Kate will make a FAR better set of monarchs than Charles and Camilla.


 


I hope Kate's first child is a girl... Elizabeth the Third.


 

nonmember avatar er-no

It's pretty much been assumed by the UK public for years that Charles will pass on the crown -- insta-abdication, as it were -- and have it go straight to William.

The Queen is popular. Charles isn't, never has been. (And I'm certain he's aware of this.) William is popular. Given that the monarch is basically just a PR post nowadays, I'm fairly sure even Charles has the common sense to see that the crown should skip him and go to William.

I'm also sure, somewhere in the back of both their minds, that Charles and the Queen are happy that she's held out so long and so strongly, to help save face for him when the time comes for him to turn down his opportunity to be King "on account of his age".

DebaLa DebaLa

QE has made it clear from Day One she will never step down. Nonissue.

nonmember avatar Whatever

And there you have it. Writing in this style about this topic is like an English person writing about Jersey Shore. Doesn't work. Plus do your research before writing about monarchy - it's not Hollywood!

SicTr... SicTransitGlori

I totally agree with kmsjax and Whatever on this one. This is the British Monarchy! What does it say about American (or first-world) culture, when there is an outcry to replace someone (The Queen of all people!) once they've gotten "old" or someone prettier comes along?! Let's try to maintain some sort of dignity and tradition. I hope she rules until the day she dies. Long live The Queen! :)

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