MADRID, 8 Sep. (EUROPA PRESS) -
On September 8, 2022, the United Kingdom began a transition unprecedented in seven decades with the death of Queen Elizabeth II. His son, Carlos III, assumed the throne at the age of 72 amid widespread commotion, but a year later the polls give him a slight breather, with an approval that has allowed him to avoid the criticism that flew over the Crown due to scandal.
The death of Elizabeth II opened a slight crack for republicanism that has only ended up widening in some Commonwealth countries, the last great British heritage of the colonial period. In the United Kingdom, 62 percent of citizens support the monarchy, without major changes compared to the time of the late queen, according to a YouGov survey.
58 percent believe that the monarchy is a good institution for the country and 53 percent believe that the Royal House deserves all the money it receives, and that Charles III accumulates one of the country's great private fortunes -- of about 1.8 billion pounds (about 2.1 billion euros), according to a report by 'The Guardian' published in April.
The popularity of the current king is around 60 percent, compared to 32 percent of people who have a negative view, according to the survey, drawn up from 2,020 interviews and in which opinion is pressed about a replacement that, for the most of the citizens, was unprecedented.
Carlos III also ascended to power with a queen consort, in background and title. The image of Queen Camila is now much more consolidated, after Elizabeth II gave her the public endorsement that she denied her for years, although her popularity is still below the average for the royal family, at 47 percent. .
Due to age, the reign of Carlos III will not break the longevity records that his mother achieved, but it does seem called to avoid the specter of mere transition. In the most monarchical sectors, they asked Elizabeth II's eldest son not to limit himself to being a mere transmitter of the crown between her mother and her heir, Prince William.
However, the next step in the line of succession is already on the minds of many. Prince William, 41, remains the favorite member of the royal family among citizens, with a support that amounts to 74 percent, slightly above that of Princess Ana, sister of Carlos III.
The Princess of Wales, Catalina, also obtains good data, who with a 72 obtains bronze in this particular image podium. In her case, in fact, only 15 percent of the British have a negative view of her, a figure that increases to 20 percent for her husband and her heir.
The monarchy has among its main challenges its own family self-destruction, the ability of its own members to be involved in controversies that transcend the private sphere to the public and, in some cases, touch the judicial sphere.
Carlos III himself embodies the monarchy's ability to survive itself, since his failed marriage to the mother of his two children, Diana of Wales, and her subsequent death marked a turning point for the Royal House in terms of to the management of his own image. For the story will also be the diffusion of an intimate conversation in 1989 with who at that time was his lover, Camila Parker Bowles.
In recent years, one of the main protagonists has been Prince Andrew, brother of the king and stripped of honors after being involved in a scandal of alleged sexual abuse. Furthermore, Charles III's youngest son, Prince Henry, has renounced his primary duties as a member of the royal family and has aired his family's dirty laundry like never before, with direct allusions to both the king and his direct heir.
In fact, Prince Harry lives permanently in the United States and rarely travels to the United Kingdom. His last visits coincided with the coronation ceremony of his father, on May 6, and a trial against a media group that the youngest son of Carlos III accuses of having exerted espionage under pressure.
The monarch, meanwhile, has avoided any possible controversy and has recovered the strictly institutional profile that his mother had already set, despite the fact that during his time as Prince of Wales he did get involved in certain causes such as the defense of the environment.
It maintains an exclusively institutional profile despite the fact that, politically, the United Kingdom has experienced a turbulent last year. The last official image of Elizabeth II corresponds to her first meeting with the reviled Liz Truss, who was forced to resign just 45 days after settling in Downing Street to make way for the current prime minister, Rishi Sunak.