Consider this question which landed on my iPad screen the other day: "Was there a period between King George VI dying and Princess Elizabeth being crowned when the UK had no monarch?"
While the Coronation is merely the ceremonial affirmation of the individual's right to the throne, the concept of monarchy supposedly transfers from dying king to the next in line to the throne at the exact point of death.
But here lies the problem, that can only be addressed by SCIENCE: All things are bound by the rules of the universe, which means nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, not even the idea of Kingliness.
Let us call this concept the Rex Particle.
When King George VI died in Sandingham in Norfolk on 6th February 1952, his daughter Princess Elizabeth was on safari in Kenya, some 7,600 miles away.
So, instead of her immediately becoming Queen as the old monarch breathed his last, the Rex Particles had to travel from Norfolk to Kenya NO FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT before Elizabeth could become Queen.
This would have taken no less than 0.04 of a second, meaning that for 1/250th of a second, the Empire was without a Defender of the Faith.
Then we should take into account that the Rex Particles had to change polarity and become Regina Particles, which would undoubtedly have been the subject of a processing delay, not to mention the entropic possibilities that gamma radiation may have been emitted.
This gamma radiation would undoubtedly have found the nearest sympathetic receptor – Prince Philip – turning him from the mild-mannered naval lieutenant into the fevered monster we know today.
So, SCIENCE. I hope you're satisfied.