A British PR agent and author believes the United Kingdom is now heading into “uncharted waters” with King Charles III as the head of the British monarchy.
Mark Borkowski said it has been an extraordinary 10 days of mourning, with pomp, pageantry and ceremony — and everyone is trying to put things into perspective.
“This is the end of an extraordinary reign from a remarkable woman — 70 years — who earned the respect not only of the nation but of the world because of her generosity, her sense of duty (and) values,” he said.
Unfortunately, he said, some of those values have dissipated or eroded over the years with a younger generation who can’t relate to the same experiences that shaped Queen Elizabeth II.
“Of course, we’re going into uncharted waters now with a King who obviously has been (serving) the longest apprenticeship for a royal,” Borkowski added.
Now, Borkowski said with a “disruption in the force,” and King Charles at the helm, everyone who was used to having Queen Elizabeth as their constant can’t rely on that anymore.
Even members of the Commonwealth, he argued, may be rethinking their relationship or bonds with the British Monarchy.
“They don’t have the same allegiances that they had with the woman who … earned their respect,” he said. “I think we’re going into uncertain times.”
That said, Borkowski emphasized the Royal Family has had a lot of experience reinventing itself and protecting itself over hundreds of years.
“From (Queen) Victoria through, many of the traditions that now exist in this funeral were created for (Elizabeth) and re-energized and re-invented,” he said.
Queen Elizabeth, he recalled, was a modest women, the “antithesis of what society has become” with so many people trying to become celebrities or Internet personalities.
“This woman was very humble and let her actions speak for her, a woman of very few words. And this all is founded on sound tradition and founded on values that have been passed down and re-edited and reconfirmed for a younger generation,” he said.
Borkowski said the world is now very different than what it was when the Queen came to power in 1952, but the Royal Family should be protected by King Charles with wisdom and lessons hopefully passed down by his mother.
“Whether the plans and the strategy will actually work is what we will now see over the coming years,” Borkowski said.