The new King Charles III ends his tour of the United Kingdom with a trip this Friday to Wales.
Eight days after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III completes his first tour as a new sovereign in Wales this Friday. In Cardiff, he will participate with Queen Consort Camilla and British Prime Minister Liz Truss in a church service in the early afternoon. Then, the king must meet schoolchildren and go to the Welsh Parliament to receive the official condolences of the deputies.
Prince of Wales title controversy
Among the population, this first visit did not arouse great enthusiasm. The inhabitants have belatedly started to gather around Cardiff Castle since it will be possible to enter there to see the new king. The first 2000 visitors could even exchange with Charles III.
Residents of Cardiff explained to BFMTV not wanting to get up “very early” to go to the castle while some say “it does not concern them because it is a British monarchy”. Others finally evoke the concert of Liam Gallagher this Friday in Cardiff as being more important than the visit of the king.
“Wales, which strangely had voted Brexit by a majority, has changed its state of mind and is also much more critical of the English system. However, at the time of Brexit, Wales explained that it felt closer to the ‘England”, analyzes Sylvie Bermann, diplomacy consultant at BFMTV.
The awarding of the title of Prince of Wales has also raised many criticisms. Held by Charles III since July 26, 1958, when he was only 9 years old, the title has just been given on September 9 to his son, Prince William. This allocation was made too quickly according to many residents who also denounce the lack of consultation before the Welsh Parliament.
A petition has been posted on social networks and has already collected more than 27,000 signatures in one week to demand that Prince William renounce his title. “It would have been good to discuss it, for there to be a national debate on this question so that the final decision should be up to the Welsh”, explains to BFMTV Trystan Gruffydd, author of a petition against the title of Prince of Wales.
“William’s challenge is going to be to renew this link, to strengthen it when he himself has already lived in Wales”, underlines Jérome Carron, senior reporter for the magazine. Point of viewguest of BFMTV.
After this afternoon in Wales, King Charles III will go to the Palace of Westminster at the end of the day with his sister and two brothers for a “vigil of princes” around the coffin of their mother, Elizabeth II.