Prince Charles Admits He’s Impatient About Becoming King, Says His ‘Time Is Running Out’
Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne for more than 65 years, making her son Prince Charles, who is behind her in the line of succession, the longest-serving heir apparent in British history. The Prince of Wales has been preparing his entire life to be the monarch one day. But, he confessed that it’s not easy with each passing year to be patient for a job he knows he will take on no matter how much older he gets.
Here’s what Prince Charles said about wanting to be king and “running out of time.”
The queen made it clear she will not retire over her age
Queen Elizabeth is in her 90s now, but anyone thinking that she will hand over her job to her son just because she’s in her advanced years is incorrect.
While there has been chatter and speculation for some time about the queen retiring, it’s not happening as far as she’s concerned. For starters, abdicating because of one’s age isn’t something that royals do. Also, the royal family matriarch intends to keep the promise she made to the public on her 21st birthday.
“I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong,” she said in her speech the royal family’s website notes.
Prince Charles says he’s impatient as time to be king ‘is running out’
No child wants to think about their parent dying but the Duke of Cornwall has prepped his whole life for the day when his mom is no longer with us so for him, it’s impossible not to think about.
The Express noted that in 2012, the prince made some remarks regarding his patience and waiting for the throne.
“Impatient? Me? What a thing to suggest! Yes of course I am,” he quipped during a recording for a film that was released on the Clarence House website. “I’ll run out of time soon. I shall have snuffed it if I’m not careful.”
What will change when Charles takes the throne
When Charles does finally become the sovereign several changes will go into effect. One change will be to the U.K.’s currency. A photo of the monarch is printed on the pound while they are alive so when Charles is the king, the British pound will bear his picture instead.
In addition, the national anthem which has been sung with the words “God Save the Queen” for more than six decades, will be switched to “God Save the King.”
There will be another change in store for Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s son when Charles is crowned. Although the duke and duchess have chosen to raise Archie as a private citizen without a royal title, he will become a prince when his grandfather ascends the throne.
Constitutional expert Iain MacMarthanne told The Express: “In the case of Archie, things change on the death of the queen. At that moment, by law, Archie will become — whether he chooses to be or not — HRH Prince Archie of Sussex for life.”