Betting on the Future of the English Crown
As Queen Elizabeth II celebrated 60 years on the throne this week there has been growing speculation over the future monarch and the coronation ceremony.
However, as yet there is no sign of the Queen leaving the throne; William Hill has odds of 1/7 of there being no abdication this year and odds of 4/1 for an abdication.
In fact, it is not even entirely clear who will take over the throne when Queen Elizabeth does abdicate. Paddy Power is offering odds of 1/4 on Prince Charles making him the favourite, but Prince William isn’t too far behind with odds of 5/2, Prince Harry trails with odds of 16/1.
There has even been speculation over the nature of the next coronation ceremony. It was recently reported that it will include a role for all faiths in order to reflect the spiritual diversity of Britain.
The Church of England has always resisted calls for a multi-faith service, but it is understood that the Church’s leaders have accepted that it may be necessary.
It is expected that representatives of other religions will be asked to participate in a neutral symbolic act, such as lighting candles or reading a text.