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It's Coming, It'll Be Inescapable... [Mar. 16th, 2017|12:31 pm]
Tony Grist
The Mail has been actively disapproving of Prince William for several days now. Look at him dad-dancing when he should have been on church parade with the rest of his relations! One of the hacks to whom it had given the job of hatcheting him likened him to Bertie- Queen Victoria's eldest son, the horse-fancying, big-dinner eating, brothel-creeping national embarrassment who- according to royal legend- broke his papa's heart by losing his virginity to an actress. Selfish! Workshy! No sense of duty!. What got overlooked was the inconvenient fact that Bertie eventually morphed into Edward VII- "Edward the Peacemaker"- the most effective monarch of the modern era.

When the Queen dies the insitution of monarchy is bound to change. None of her children or grandchildren seems to have inherited her talent for self-effacement.  Charles is colourful- and highly unlikely to shift into black and white when he moves up a grade.  More probably- unless he's sat on very hard- he'll treat the throne as a bully pulpit. William is oddly colourless but seems to have democratic instincts- I can see him peeling off the gloves and wheeling out the bicycles- but who knows...

The Guardian has a long, deeply researched article this morning about the plans that are in place for dealing with the Queen's demise and Charles's accession. Everyone will be going on about it being the end of an era and so that's how we'll experience it. It's going to be grim; two weeks of solemn music and people shuffling about dressed as playing cards while the resident Dimblebody intones.  The nation will be in a deep blue mood shot through with threads of gold- and because we're all members one of another there'll be no escaping it- not even if one were to take the wings of the morning and abide in the uttermost part of the sea....

From: cmcmck
2017-03-16 12:35 pm (UTC)
What would I know or care?

I'm that rarest of flowers, an English republican.

Blame spending so long in the 17th century. :o)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-03-16 12:58 pm (UTC)
I'm a republican too but I think it'll be very hard to shut out the noise when London Bridge falls down.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2017-03-16 04:45 pm (UTC)
Just like it was impossible to avoid the mourning frenzy when Princes Di was killed. :(
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-03-16 05:32 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2017-03-16 02:51 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: fflo
2017-03-16 02:34 pm (UTC)
Fascinating. It looms large, her aging. Thanks for the post/links.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-03-16 03:30 pm (UTC)
It's remarkable how active she- and the D of E- continue to be- but neither of them can be expected to keep things up at this pace for much longer.
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[User Picture]From: tagryn
2017-03-17 10:39 am (UTC)
Agreed, the Guardian article was quite interesting. In the U.S., most of us will experience it with a mix of sadness for another part of reality that was always there being gone, and a vague sense of "not quite getting it" as the UK throws itself into grieving over HRM's passing. This is normal, as the States generally has a liking for royalty while not exactly knowing how to act towards them.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-03-17 10:52 am (UTC)
We don't know how to act towards them either- and veer wildly between reverence and nit-picking contempt. One moment we're genuflecting and the next we're tearing them to shreds.

Either way they bring out the worst in us.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2017-03-16 03:22 pm (UTC)
we will, however, miss most of it here in Sweden.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-03-16 03:32 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure whether I envy you or not.
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