The Queen celebrated her Platinum Jubilee earlier this month, but the 96-year-old monarch’s ongoing mobility issues have forced her to pull out of several appearances in recent months. As a result, the future kings, Prince Charles and Prince William have both been expected to step up and take her place at engagements.
This includes the royal garden party at Edinburgh’s Palace of Holyroodhouse on Wednesday, June 29.
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Around 8,000 people are normally invited to the event in Scotland in recognition of their contributions to communities across Scotland.
The Queen has travelled to Scotland but guests will be hosted by Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
Despite Charles’s long wait for the top role, some argue that his son William who is second in line for the throne should take the role due to his popularity and modern outlook.
In a report by The Sun, Princess Diana‘s former voice coach, Stewart Pearce, explained that William could be the next British monarch.
He said: “He [Charles] may not take the throne, he may hand it to his young son. He doesn’t want to do it, such a difficult task.”
He added that William is “part of the conversation” and has been since his early teens.
If Charles decided to pass the crown to William, legislation would need to be passed in Parliament to change the line of succession.
At the time royal expert Jennie Bond said there is “no chance” William will become King and not Charles.
She said Charles is the “best-trained monarch we’ve ever had” who “wants the top job”.
She added: “Suggestions that the crown should skip a generation are well, well out.
“I don’t think William should be made to take on that level of responsibility at his relatively young age.”
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