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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

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Will Sir Ed cost Charles his Crown?


Peter Hitchens writes:

I try and try to defend the Monarchy against the dreary republicans. But the Royal Family often aren't much help to their supporters.

How did they fail to grasp that Prince Charles should have gone to New Zealand for Sir Edmund Hillary's funeral?

Sir Edmund was a Knight of the Garter. For a whole generation his conquest of Everest is associated with the Queen's Coronation. New Zealand is rightly proud of him, not just for his climbing but for his exemplary and thoughtful life afterwards.

I know it's a long way away but it's not as if Charles has to fly goat-class. This mistake will gravely weaken the cause of Monarchy in New Zealand.

I suspect Australia is about to have another vote on abolishing the Throne, which is more likely to go through thanks to this blunder.

With Australia gone and New Zealand gone, Canada can't be far behind. And then, encouraged by their success abroad, our own anti-Royal politicians will start work here.

Don't expect the Tories to fight – they gave up on the House of Lords without a squeak.

Lost, and all for the price of a plane ticket to Auckland.


Maurice said...

Fact of the Day:

On 30 January 1606 Sir Everard Digby, Thomas Winter, John Grant and Thomas Bates were hanged, drawn and quartered for their part in Guy Fawkes' Gunpowder Plot.

James said...

Does anyone actually expect Charles to up and off to New Zealand without the advice from the PM of NZ to do so? Really.

Anonymous said...

and who does the writer think will pay for a Royal to pop down to NZ and back in a few days. Get real... any way he gets a memorail at Windsor, which not even Royal get, so grow up

David Byers said...

Countries to become a republic, just because a high and mighty Prince did not attend the funeral of a man that climbed a mountain?! Also do not make assumptions about Australia; who is to say there will be another vote in this country? And what is this silly “Charles and Crown: Three Times Unlucky?” ?

Beaverbrook said...

Yes, you're assuming that he will become Charles III. It has been reported that he will ascend as George VII.

Anonymous said...

Humble Sir Ed did no such thing. Touchy, piss-weak republican wimps and their crybaby monarchist colluders are to blame. Where are the men, for bloody sakes!

Viscount Feldon said...

How has there been so little (public) blame placed on the Prime Minister? It was her decision, most likely, and yet she has very adeptly placed the issue on the back of her Queen.

And I don't think very many people know for sure what Charles will name himself as King. I could see him going either way, myself.

Scott said...

If the people of NZ really are so feeble-minded, and so fickle, they never really were monarchists.

Neil Welton said...

Quite - surely they value the Monarchy more than "a plane ticket to Auckland".

Lord Best said...

I tend to ignore most things either or the Hitchens say. It expense would be vastly more than a plane ticket to Auckland. Security alone would dwarf the cost of the flight and accomodation and expenses.

Shaftesbury said...

The Prime Minister of New Zealand would have made the decision.

As to The Prince's eventual name, the idea that he would style himself George VII has been around for 40 years. So, it is a pretty valid guess. I would suggest that it was leaked this way many decades ago.

The Charles III angle could be interpreted badly by some who look back negatively on the Stuarts.

King George VI was loved and revered by his peoples across the Globe. He was the Queen's Father. George VII makes eminent sense.