The news comes after the Queen was forced to pull out of Remembrance Sunday events because of a sprained back. Prince Charles then stepped in to lay a wreath on her behalf at the Cenotaph. The 95-year-old monarch was under doctors’ orders to rest for almost a month after visiting hospital in October.
Reports of the Queen’s health issues have given rise to contemplation as to her passing and the succession of Prince Charles to the throne.
In regards to this, associate editor of the Independent Sean O’Grady said that the British nation was in a state of uncertainty over the prospect of Prince Charles as a future king.
He said: “It may have been my imagination, but I thought I heard God Save the Queen being sung even more lustily and loudly by the crowd at the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday.
“’Long to reign over us’ was a poignant line for veterans especially, with the Queen, in whose name they served, unable to attend the proceedings.
“It was a bit of a premonition really, and not a particularly pleasant one, of our near future.
“Soon another great constant in our lives will be gone.”
This “great constant” he was referring to was the Queen.
He added: “The outpouring of grief will be astonishing when the moment arrives, bigger even than the collective national nervous breakdown after the death of Diana in 1997.
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The associate editor of the Independent went on to describe how Prince Charles could support the metropolitan elite “with its entrenched progressive views and preaching, the horror, traditional values of tolerance and compassion”.
The associate editor then went on to warn that Prince Charles “could create an environmental activist monarchy”.
At present, Prince Charles has begun a tour of the Kingdom of Jordan.
He is travelling with his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
The couple will stay in the nation for four days and will meet King Abdullah II and Queen Rania at Al Husseiniya Palace.
Back in the UK, attentions turn to the health of the Queen, who has reigned since 1952.
The British royal line of succession is based on the order of the Queen’s descendants.
Next in line to the throne is Prince Charles, who has been the longest-serving Prince of Wales in history.
He is both the oldest and longest-serving heir apparent in British history.
Charles was made Prince of Wales in July 1958.
Later he was crowned by his mother at Caernarfon Castle to formalise his title.