The Queen would not have done that

“The most gracious of sovereigns. That is how the new King of Canada, Charles III, was presented in a motion passed by MPs on Thursday, with the notable exception of elected Bloc members.

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Allow me this disrespect: Charles III. has not always dazzled us with his grace these last few days, much as he may be mourned.

For example, this anecdote that happened on Tuesday. The new monarch then attends a signing session at a castle in Northern Ireland. Suddenly the ink runs from his pen onto his fingers. He’s getting angry. “Oh my god, I hate this! He gets up annoyed. “I can’t stand this damn stuff,” he grumbles through his teeth.





To hell with British slime. The king is not amused. And he doesn’t hesitate to shout it in the face of the world.

Four days earlier, during the ceremony of accession to the throne in London, Charles III. angrily gesturing to get rid of the table where he was supposed to be signing documents. Her Majesty – who, according to a former butler, demands ironed shoelaces every morning – obviously couldn’t bear to move a pen holder even a few inches…


PHOTO BY BLAIR GABLE, REUTERS

The new King of Canada, Charles III, was presented as the “most gracious of sovereigns” in a motion passed by members of the House of Commons excluding elected Bloc members on Thursday.

Another anecdote, no doubt. Let’s see no more After all, the 74-year-old is exhausted. For a week he has been traveling to the four corners of his kingdom. Most importantly, he has just lost his very dear mother.

But still… Elizabeth II is not yet buried, dozens of employees of Clarence House, the former residence of Charles III. in London, have already received their dismissal letter. These announcements in times of mourning “are just heartless,” the union responded.

These are just anecdotes, okay. However, each time they cause discomfort.

Each time we can’t help but think that the Queen wouldn’t have done that.

Think about it for a moment: we are subjects of Charles III now. His royal visage will soon adorn our banknotes. The Quebecers we elect on October 3 must swear an oath to him.

Maybe it doesn’t change anything in our lives. The question is how many times in the future will we repeat that the Queen wouldn’t have done that…

Elizabeth II ruled for 70 years without her subjects suspecting her opinion. She knew how to keep her mouth shut under all circumstances. Never complain, never explain was his motto. The same cannot be said of his eldest son.

I’m not talking about his extramarital antics, or even the “Tampongate,” an episode so embarrassing that the TV series The crown, however, was repeatedly accused of flirting with sensationalism and refused to approach her.

(As a reminder, in an unknowingly recorded phone conversation, Charles said to Camilla, his then-lover… well, well. Tampongate. Research what they say.)

I’m not talking about his escapades, I said, but about opinions, to put it mildly, about the new king. There was a time when Charles made stirring up controversy a specialty. He shared his views on modern architecture (terrible, he lamented), GMOs (a scourge), nanotechnology (dangerous), homeopathy (very effective)…

In 2004, the Prince of Wales even praised the benefits of a miracle cure for cancer that involved drinking gallons of vegetable juice and giving coffee enemas. A ridiculously expensive therapy banned in the United States…

They will tell me that all this is far behind. Charles had been preparing to be king since birth. He will respect his position. “I’m not that stupid,” he told the BBC in 2018. “I realize that being sovereign is a separate exercise. So of course I fully understand how it should work. »

Still, all those years of criticism have shaped the character. Charles has softened over time, okay, but he’s the one on the throne today. He is in fact the head of state. Will he be able to stay above the fight like his job demands? Will it resist the temptation to go beyond its symbolic role?

The question is serious: it is about the monarchy. This anachronistic institution, based on heredity, is defensible only if it remains decorative and powerless. She should avoid controversy. Never make waves.

That was what Elizabeth II had accomplished for seven decades. In the UK, Canada and especially Quebec, we supported the monarchy – or at least supported it – because we really liked that queen. She was part of our lives for a long time. It was personal.

Bloc Québécois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet said Thursday it was time to “separate the institution from the person” and hold a debate on the future of the monarchy in the country. Perhaps it is indeed necessary to depersonalize the debate. Until then, Charles III. an interest in revealing himself in all his grace, otherwise the new king of Canada may well be the last.

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