King Charles’ ‘transition’ to William will be sooner than expected due to nature of reign

Prince Charles' reign 'won't be that long' claims expert

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Prince Charles’ time on the throne is not likely to be very long, according to a royal expert. Marlene Koenig spoke to Express.co.uk about the potential sped up “transition” from the Prince of Wales to his son, Prince William. She explained her thinking behind this insight.

Ms Koenig told Express.co.uk: “Charles’ reign is not going to be that long.

“Of course, he’s 70 and could live another 30 years.

“I think they will have the transition.

“The next king will have a much longer reign.”

The expert went on to explain how the Duke of Cambridge’s standing in the monarchy would change when his father becomes king.

She told Express.co.uk: “The moment Charles is king, William will become Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay.

“Cornwall, of course, for the English heir. Rothesay for Scotland.

“However, he doesn’t stop being Duke of Cambridge.”

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Ms Koenig continued: “It was similar when Edward VII succeeded Queen Victoria.

“His only surviving son, the future George V, was the Duke of York.

“So he was styled, for nine months, as Duke of Cornwall and York.”

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She added: “That was until he was created Prince of Wales in November 1901.

“Most likely, at first, William will be styled as the Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge.”

Additionally, William’s children will also experience a change in their titles.

All three will gain the ‘of Wales’ addition to their own.

When William is king, Prince George will eventually become Prince of Wales.

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