The Prince of Wales at 70 and the Survival of the Monarchy

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Abstract

2018 was a successful year for "The Firm", as the royal family are said to refer to themselves.The heir to the throne Prince Charles turned 70, which was commemorated in a series of events including "an humble Address" in the House of Commons and a BBC interview that conveyed his thoughts on his position as Prince of Wales and future role as King Charles III. The political establishment will do all it can to sustain the monarchy, for the Crown remains central to its executive power in Britain's unwritten constitutional settlement. However, should conventions break down and implacable divisions arise between sovereign and Prime Minister, the consequences would almost certainly be a royal abdication as with Edward VIII in 1936 or the collapse of the monarchy altogether leading to a republican written constitution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-450
JournalPUBLIC LAW
Early online date1 Jul 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Jul 2019

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