His Majesty King Charles III 

Alden Minuk ’26


HM King Charles III is now King of United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth Realms. The question many are asking is whether he will be a successful monarch. I believe a monarch’s ability to be successful depends on factors such as their benevolence, their leadership capabilities, and their ability to rally the nation. HM Queen Elizabeth II possessed all these traits, making her a beloved monarch who not only bettered her country, but the entire world. With the support of the people, a monarch can change their country and their world. Will Charles III be able to, too? 

King Charles III effects positive change with his work. He has started 16 charitable organizations that raise hundreds of millions of pounds annually. This money goes towards education, environmental sustainability, and various other areas. He formed the Prince’s Trust, a charitable organization that focuses on supporting youth development, helping them start businesses and teaching life skills. I believe he will gain support because of his environmental concern and charitable projects.   

However, King Charles’ lack of experience as a leader will negatively affect his ability to be a successful monarch. He has spent most of his life waiting to be monarch and now, at 73, he will not have much time to gain experience. He has been preparing for the past 73 years to be King, but his lack of experience may harm his leadership abilities, the very thing a nation needs. However, I do believe he could lead Britain to a new age of environmental sustainability if he develops into an effective leader.  

Since he is widely seen as being less charismatic than his mother, he will have great difficulty rallying the people under a common banner. Queen Elizabeth II had an innate sense of what others want and an extraordinary flexibility to adapt to the shifting whims of the public. A successful monarch can use the institution of the monarchy to unite people for a cause, and King Charles must do so too. Take Julius Caesar as an analogy: he was never actually declared an emperor of Rome and yet united Rome’s people and expanded Rome’s land, treasury, and power. If Caesar was disliked, he would have been overthrown immediately because he strayed from the standard Roman Republic. Yet he remained as emperor, because he was likable and capable of uniting the nation. The importance of a monarch being liked by their people cannot be understated—King Charles can only effectively lead by uniting the people. 

Many have mixed opinions of King Charles, but it is certain that he has the potential to be a successful monarch. He may be able to advance environmental awareness and youth health around the globe if he is not encumbered by his sub-par charisma. Being monarch after Queen Elizabeth, Charles’s greatest challenge is to leave her shadow and develop an identity for himself. If he adapts quickly and seizes the public eye, he will be able to accomplish remarkable things. 

Photo credit: Niall Carson/Pool via Reuters

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