Prince Charles' blueprint for Monarchy

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It is difficult to imagine Britain without the Queen but things could be very different when Prince Charles takes the throne, according to peek into his plans for the future of the Monarchy.

In addition to moving the royal HQ to Windsor Castle, it is claimed that the future King Charles III will do away with some aspects of royal pageantry and adopt a more confrontational approach with the government.

When the royal HQ moves to Windsor Castle, it is reported that the Prince is considering turning Buckingham Palace into a 'government hotel and centre for events.'

The revelations come from Robert Hardman, who has been given privileged to the Queen's palaces and to her people for his new book on the monarch, Our Queen.

Aside from Prince Charles's aspiration, announced around his 50th birthday in 1998, to be 'defender of faith' rather than 'defender of the faith' – he has spoken little publically about his plans for the Monarchy.

Yet in researching his book, Hardman claims in the Daily Mail today to have unearthed some interesting insights into the way Charles III will approach the challenge of 21st-century kingship.

For example, the Prince has made it clear he would rather not arrive at his Coronation in the Gold State Coach, the 24ft monster built for George III and used by every monarch since. This colossal gilded pumpkin - 12ft tall - is so unwieldy that it is restricted to walking speed.

The Prince has also given thought to trimming other aspects of royal pageantry. The days of ancient bodyguards such as, the Yeomen of the Guard or the Royal Company of Archers for example, being wheeled out for every royal occasion may be numbered.

Hardman also says that we can expect the Prince to be more outspoken than his mother and use his constitutional powers to ask more questions and demand more answers from his governments.

Unlike the Queen, previous monarchs were quite happy to quarrel with their governments and it is thought that Prince Charles will air his opinions like his grandfather and great-grandfather before him.
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