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, 10 November 2008


(Linked from The Soaring Eagle)

I had some time to reflect on things today, and a passage from Shakespeare came to me: "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown." It is a passage from Henry IV, in Part II, and possibly one of the most straightforward quotations of Shakespeare's work. Or so we assume, anyway.

I say this because I realized a deeper meaning while reflecting on this passage. Is the head uneasy because it wears the crown, or because of the typical symbolism of thereafter responsibility?

Most people would claim that it is a simple symbolism for the responsibility that a man at the top feels weighing down on him. However, that's an overly simplistic view of the situation. Every person feels weighed down with responsibilities, no matter their station in life. Rather, it seems to me that the true weight of the crown, the weight that makes the king feel uneasy, is rather the fact that he must do so alone.

The eagle that flies highest is always alone.

That simple realization made me reaffirm my commitment to the Monarchist cause, and indeed, it has made it all the stronger. Thanks to that reflection, I understand now that the real weight on the shoulders of the monarch is the fact that they have no one else to help them carry it. For that reason, I say now that no one who has not felt the despair of true loneliness has any right to criticize those who accept the weight for the sake of letting no one else have to go through it.

We often state the extensive media exposure of the Royal Family as a downside to their job, and indeed, that is true. However, perhaps it is also through that media exposure that we can understand just how alone they must feel. When the Queen, or any of her family for that matter, greet the people outside their lavish palaces, do they seem barely tolerant, or truly happy? When Prince Harry visits his charity projects, does he act cold and aloof (as one might suspect a pampered prince to behave), or does he interact with the children and look happy as he does?

Why is that happiness so apparent, we must ask. Kings and Queens have always had the unspoken right to be dismissive and aloof, but these princes and princesses seem to love the interaction with their people, more than they do the return trip to their palaces. What else could explain it but the joy of being recognized and thanked for their unspoken work? For carrying that burden of solitude most other people would be crushed under? I say again,

The eagle who flies highest is always alone.


Beaverbrook said...

The lavish palace is a misconception because that implies that we would all want to live in them. But the reality is they are way too grand for living comfort, some are downright creeky and cold like the state palace in Stockholm. I would never want to live in such a place. Give me a small castle with a nice hearth and fireplace and then you can call me spoiled.

Neil Welton said...

I think one of the biggest problems and challenges they face is not always knowing who the real friends are. So often in life, particularly with those social climbing middle-classes, people just want to know you because of what you are, as opposed to who you are (if you get my meaning). As the father of the late Harry Secombe once said (and I paraphrase): "See the true character of a man, not in how he treats those of importance, but in how he treats those of no importance." Very Christ like. Very true.