Continuing the gimlet-eyed analysis of royal power dynamics and history on Vanity Fair’s DYNASTY podcast, a special episode looks back at the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II—and looks ahead into King Charles III’s future reign. On Thursday, September 8, the Windsor clan lost its stalwart head, the woman who changed the UK—and the world. Her four children gathered to be by her side at Balmoral Castle, along with Prince William, and soon Buckingham Palace announced that the queen had died. Prince Harry only arrived at the castle gates once it was definitively too late to say goodbye.
DYNASTY cohosts Katie Nicholl and Erin Vanderhoof paused from their other Vanity Fair coverage of Operation London Bridge to share their thoughts on the historic day and the transfer of power. In this episode, the correspondents share up-to-the-minute information about what we can expect in the days to come, and tackle the bigger existential questions facing the monarchy. Will fractured parts of the family reunite at the queen’s funeral? Does the new King Charles III have what it takes to keep the dynasty strong?
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