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How Boris Johnson could stop Charles becoming King by halting coronation

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Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill was famously against Britain taking a day off for the Queen's coronation 68 years ago on Wednesday.

Her majesty was just 25-years-old when she took the throne on the death of her father, George VI, on February 6 1952.

She clashed with the war-time chief – who didn't want the ceremony to distract Brits from rebuilding the country's economy after World War Two.

Young Queen Elizabeth II eventually got her wish and the ceremony was televised to millions across the world on June 2 1953.

But experts now fear Britain will face a massive unemployment and inflation crisis in the wake of Brexit and the Covid pandemic.

And a royal historian who has written an academic thesis on the former prime minister warned history could repeat itself for Prince Charles.

The founder of the British Monarchists Society said Churchill admirer Boris Johnson may decide to delay the heir to the throne's coronation if it would help him stay on in power.

With Charles already 72-year-old, it could see that he never becomes King at all, Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills told the Daily Star.

Referring to Prince Harry's recent comments about his wife Meghan Markle's treatment by the press, he said: "It is Prince Charles, not Harry, who should be worried about history repeating itself.

"If there is political capital to be gained by delaying the Coronation of Prince Charles, of course Boris will want to take advantage of that.

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"Time is an issue – any delay in the Coronation for Prince Charles, depending on when he comes to the throne, could mean he does or does not even get to have a crown placed on his head due to his advanced age."

Mr Mace-Archer-Mills highlighted that a precedent set after George VI's passing could mean Charles is forced to wait five months before he is proclaimed King after his mother passes away.

He said: "If Her Majesty lives to be as advanced in age as her mother, God willing, then she will be Queen for another seven years, making Prince Charles approximately 80 years of age when he becomes King.

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"Granted Charles is in great shape and good health, this does not mean that he is guaranteed these attributes forever. In seven years time, granted the Queen carries on, he may very well be of a different physical constitution where every month, week and day counts.

"Delaying his Coronation without good reason, taking into consideration his advanced age, will decided whether or not he will even be crowned."

He added: "The parallels between the Queen's coronation and that of Prince Charles when he does become King, will have both spooky and eerie coincidences between them, especially with the style and workings of their respective Prime Minister, should Boris still be Prime Minister.

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"Debt is something that both Churchill and Boris have in common. Churchill saw Britain through the rationed trying times of WWII, whilst Boris is currently seeing the nation through the worst economic crisis since 2008, the aftermath of Brexit, and the debt riddled recovery of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

"If Her Majesty expires when Boris is still Prime Minister, then the scenario could very well be the same as when Churchill was faced with a new Monarch coming to the throne when in office.

"The nation will be saddled with debt as it was under Churchills premiership, and the questions of transition between monarchs, the style of reign, and the changes that would need to be implemented within government and the public sector would need to be factored and sorted."

The Cabinet Office has been contacted for comment.

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