Future queens in a game of thrones

Three girls are set to inherit European monarchies

After several years battling scandals and ill-health, King Juan Carlos of Spain is abdicating in favour of his son, Prince Felipe. The 76-year-old monarch reigned for 39 years, shepherding his nation from military dictatorship to a democracy.

In a televised address, he talked of, ”A new generation is quite rightly demanding to take the lead role.” He’s the third European monarch in 13 months to abdicate, following Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and King Albert of Belgium.

And just like those other countries, Spain gets a very young, female heir to the throne.

Felipe’s elder daughter, Leonor, is just 8. She is set to become the youngest heir in Europe, joining Catharina-Amalia of the Netherlands, 10, and Elisabeth of Belgium, 12 as first in line to the throne. And now that most nations have changed their once male-friendly laws of succession to first-born-wins-all, they won’t be the last queen regnants.

Lined up after Crown Prince Haakon of Norway is his daughter Ingrid, 10. And Sweden, the country that started the trend of equal primogeniture, has two future female monarchs: Crown Princess Victoria and her 2-year-old daughter, Estelle.

Unlike the ruthless Queen Cersei of the fictional Game of Thrones, they will inherit their kingdoms through a smooth, constitutional transition of power, not through medieval machinations.




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Future queens in a game of thrones

  1. Monarch’s, like Religions today, at best, are representives for their people, mostly in a cultural, social and family sense, …, and I, like most people, are fine with that.
    They are endearing to some, and “who cares?”, to the rest.
    At worst ?, they’re just pictographs for the likes of their “National Enquirer”,… whenever they fart, accidentally or not, in the wrong direction.

    But, Today, They hold NO political sway or political control, …, of any kind. They cannot even fit into a Democracy, be it capitalist, or socialist, …, and that’s probably not a bad, sit on the fence and shutup, feature.
    It’s not a matter of choice, it’s just a matter-of-fact, and more importantly, a matter-of-time -(meaning, the Medieval Ages were many yesterday’s AGO).
    Today, Corps, Gov’t,…, hold ALL our cards, whether we like it or not.

    So, “without further adieu, lets “All Hail The King, The King is Dead!”
    ;)

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