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

Friday, 29 June 2007

Prince William of Oz

All this international talk of Prince William's apparent desire to be Governor-General of Australia is unfortunately premature. While it is wonderful that a Royal would harbour such ambition and willingness to bring a living presence of the future Crown to the shores of another realm, obviously it plays into the hands of mischief and misbehaved republicans who have nothing better to do with themselves than to feign national outrage. Besides, they have a point: it is not unreasonable to expect that a young prince should live in the country he wants to represent for some reasonable period of time first. Unlike the Queen of Australia, Prince William has no real ties to that nation, and with only a couple of visits under his wings, he has not yet forged a special bond with Australians at large.

That would not be hard to do: As a Prince he has all the social advantages to make such a connection happen in relatively short order. He could, for example, apply and take up permanent residence; he could purchase property and buy a home; he could spend his formative naval training serving in the R.A.N.; he could apply for a passport; he could marry an Australian. He could do any number of things, any one of which would terrify republicans Down Under to their core - it would not be long - not long at all - before William would be considered a Mate. "A Mate for Head of State" the anti-monarchists chime - they should be careful what they wish for!

3 comments:

Lewis said...

"it would not be long - not long at all - before William would be considered a Mate."

If you think that'll fly, you don't know Aussies very well Beaverbrook. Far from terrifying Australian republicans, I'm sure they'd welcome it. Which is exactly why Howard, staunch monarchist that he is, is opposed to it.

Ben said...

William for GG? One can always dream.

There is nothing better than the heir to the throne getting closer to Commonwealth Realms. Although I think my friends and I would prefer Harry. He does seem to capture the Australian spirit :P

Anonymous said...

I think that William becoming Australia's GG is a wonderful idea.

Australia is part of the monarchy. So, having a member of the royal family such as William in the role of GG makes sense. It will strengthen the relationship that the Royal family has with Australia and most importantly it will help to change the minds of those who are wanting Australia to become a republic.

Add to that the fact that William is young and full of fresh ideas and that he could meet his future bride in Australia. What better way is there for the monarch to further promote its worldwide brand?