Sixty Joyless De-Britished Uncrowned Commonpoor Years (1949-2009)

Elizabeth II Vice-Regal Saint: Remembering Paul Comtois (1895–1966), Lt.-Governor of Québec
Britannic Inheritance: Britain's proud legacy. What legacy will America leave?
English Debate: Daniel Hannan revels in making mince meat of Gordon Brown
Crazy Canucks: British MP banned from Canada on national security grounds
Happy St. Patrick's: Will Ireland ever return to the Commonwealth?
Voyage Through the Commonwealth: World cruise around the faded bits of pink.
No Queen for the Green: The Green Party of Canada votes to dispense with monarchy.
"Sir Edward Kennedy": The Queen has awarded the senator an honorary Knighthood.
President Obama: Hates Britain, but is keen to meet the Queen?
The Princess Royal: Princess Anne "outstanding" in Australia.
H.M.S. Victory: In 1744, 1000 sailors went down with a cargo of gold.
Queen's Commonwealth: Britain is letting the Commonwealth die.
Justice Kirby: His support for monarchy almost lost him appointment to High Court
Royal Military Academy: Sandhurst abolishes the Apostles' Creed.
Air Marshal Alec Maisner, R.I.P. Half Polish, half German and 100% British.
Cherie Blair: Not a vain, self regarding, shallow thinking viper after all.
Harry Potter: Celebrated rich kid thinks the Royals should not be celebrated
The Royal Jelly: A new king has been coronated, and his subjects are in a merry mood
Victoria Cross: Australian TROOPER MARK DONALDSON awarded the VC
Godless Buses: Royal Navy veteran, Ron Heather, refuses to drive his bus
Labour's Class War: To expunge those with the slightest pretensions to gentility
100 Top English Novels of All Time: The Essential Fictional Library
BIG BEN: Celebrating 150 Years of the Clock Tower

Monday, 22 January 2007

Elizabeth, Queen of Scots?

Alex Salmond, the leader of the Scottish National Party, appears to be suggesting that the Queen should be known as Elizabeth, Queen of Scots, if Scotland gains independence. One wonders if Mr. Salmond is a genuine monarchist, or just attempting to make independence as palatable as possible to skeptical Scottish voters:

He pointed out that the Queen was the monarch of other Commonwealth countries such as Canada and Australia and added that Scotland and England had had a joint monarch since 1603, 104 years before the Act of Union in 1707.

When questioned on what the Queen’s title would be, Mr Salmond said: “Well, I’d have to discuss things with Her Majesty about such things, but I would imagine it would be Elizabeth, Queen of Scots. I think the real thing is to get an independent Scotland but, of course, the Queen can continue as head of state.”

He argued that retaining the monarch would “emphasise the social union” between the two countries.

Many Nationalists believe that the present Queen should not be known as Elizabeth II in Scotland because the previous Queen Elizabeth was Queen of England alone.In the early 1950s, shortly before the Queen ascended to the throne, the issue led to bomb attacks on Scottish postboxes that bore the legend EIIR.

Although there are republican elements within the SNP, the leadership knows that any pledge to remove the Queen as head of state of an independent Scotland would be deeply unpopular with Scottish voters. The party says that if it wins control of the Scottish Parliament in May it will begin preparations to hold a referendum on independence by 2011.


James said...

Interesting that you should include a portrait of HM as Queen of Australia.

The Monarchist said...

You would have to know a great deal to know that this was a portrait of the Queen of Australia, since I don't seen any visual indication of this in the portrait itself. In any event, Tweedy, the yellow dress does go well with the old Scottish Royal Banner, I see.

James said...

lol, yes, it does. Anyway, the only real indication that this is HM posing as the Australian Sovereign is the sprig of Golden Wattle (otherwise known as Acacia pycnantha) - Australia's national flower - she is wearing on her shoulder. Subtle, but says so much.

James said...

Just to clarify - I mean, yes, the dress does go well with the rampant lion banner. Sometimes I type too much as though I am speaking aloud...

Younghusband said...

Didn't the former leader of the PQ, Jacques Parizeau (apparently a Monarchist) suggest he wanted Elizabeth to remain the Queen of Quebec?

Unrepentant Jacobite said...

If that SNP politician is serious in having the Scottish Monarchy restored, let it be with a Stuart, not a Windsor.