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Old 10-30-2016, 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by aldiboronti View Post
One related question. When Elizabeth II dies does Charles become King at that instant (on the principle of 'the King is dead, long live the King') or does he only actually become the King at the coronation when the crown is placed on his head and he takes the oath? If he died before his coronation would he ever have been King?
His reign begins immediately on his mother's death. The coronation is for everyone else to see that he's King and for any other heads of state that care to show their recognition of his accession. It doesn't make him King, divine right/tradition does that.