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Michelle
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posted 31 August 2007 04:49 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I know, I know. What can I say.

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Camilla announced last Sunday she would not be attending the ceremony after representatives of Clarence House, Prince Charles' London household, had initially assured the public and the press she would accompany her husband.

"I am very touched to have been invited by Prince William and Prince Harry to attend the thanksgiving service for their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales," Camilla said in an official statement released through Clarence House on Sunday.

"However, on reflection, I believe my attendance could divert attention from the purpose of the occasion, which is to focus on the life and service of Diana," the statement read.


Personally, I think she did the right thing. And people would've been all over her no matter what she did. If she'd gone, people would have resented her as Diana's "Rottweiler" rival.


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1234567
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posted 31 August 2007 05:40 PM      Profile for 1234567     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
No kidding. The only time I ever really followed royal news when when SNL did a piece on Charles and Camilla's affair and a certain phone call when he said he wanted to be a her tampon. SNL had all these tampons floating in a toilet with Charles face on them. It was gross but oh so damn funny!
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Tommy_Paine
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posted 01 September 2007 03:24 AM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hereditary Heads of State. Maybe we should select our brain surgeons by heredity, too.

That's not to say that there isn't something to such a system. I mean, look what David Frum has done for journalism.


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Michelle
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posted 01 September 2007 03:38 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What is Camilla's royal title? Is she "Princess" now too? Oh, never mind, I saw it at the beginning of the article. She's the "Dutchess of Cornwall". Why wouldn't she be "Princess"?

BTW, Tommy, I feel exactly the same way about the royal family. I think it's atrocious that the Queen is our head of state.

[ 01 September 2007: Message edited by: Michelle ]


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Tommy_Paine
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posted 01 September 2007 04:04 AM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Liz had played the game pretty good, actually, and I think she is a good deal more shrewd politically than people might give her credit for.

I am very much removed from anything related to the royal family, but from where I sit it seems to me that Liz has taken lessons from Victoria, who came to the throne in somewhat similar circumstances-- a young woman taking over after considerable controversy involving the role of the monarchy Jolly Olde.

So she's been low key on extravagance, and at least with her there has been not a shred of indication of debauchery or scandal. And I think she has tried to lead by example.

Makes the job of "small r" republicans like me kinda difficult. I'm in a holding pattern.

The time to really push for a Canadian Republic is after what will be a tremendously moving funeral for the queen has faded from memory at about the same time Canadians go to Tim Horton's and start seeing Chuck on their money.


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Nanuq
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posted 01 September 2007 04:52 AM      Profile for Nanuq   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
King Chuck won`t last long. He`ll be like Queen Victoria`s son Edward. He`ll probably be in his sixties or seventies by the time he gets to rule and will only sit for a decade or so before popping off. King William and Queen Whoever will be seen as the "saviours" of the monarchy with high-profile tours around the world and republicanism will be pushed off for another generation. Or at least until the next royal scandal.
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marzo
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posted 01 September 2007 06:11 AM      Profile for marzo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I am very much opposed to the monarchy and I don't respect Elizabeth II as a person. Canadians should have a referendum on abolishing the monarchy.
Michaelle Jean is a symbolic head of state as Governor-General and she represents that position well without appearing vain or pompous. I would be in favour of changing the GG's title to indicate an end to monarchist connections. Maybe it could be called 'Citizen-General', 'Citizen-Regence', 'Premiere-Citoyenne' or something. In many countries the word 'President' is used but I would favour something original.
Adrienne Clarkson was in love with her own importance and I was annoyed about her extravagance when she accompanied Canadian artists on a tour of Iceland and Scandinavia. I'm in favour of cultural exchanges and visits with neighbours in other countries, but this carried a multimillion dollar price tag. I thought the cost was scandalous when important social and economic are not addressed, and I was offended by Clarkson's attitude.

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Tommy_Paine
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posted 03 September 2007 03:54 AM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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King Chuck won`t last long. He`ll be like Queen Victoria`s son Edward.

Well, Edward was one of those Hanovers that leaned towards fast living. Those that lean this way tend to take years off what would normally seem to be a genetic predisposition to longevity. There were many towards the end of Victoria's reign who wanted Edward skipped over in favour of his son.

Chuck, while he doesn't seem to have his mom's sense , does seem to be careful when it comes to lifestyle issues, so even if he assumes the throne past middle age, he could end up on it for forty some odd years.


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Michaelle Jean is a symbolic head of state as Governor-General and she represents that position well without appearing vain or pompous.

Let's not forget that every once and a while, the Governor General has real, if fleeting, political power. The position, therefore, should be elected, no matter what we call it.

It struck me, when Michaelle Jean was appointed, that the office has been used to symbolize Canada's multiculturalism. Not that I find anything wrong with that, but it seems Native Canadians have been bumped out of line for the job.


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Nanuq
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posted 03 September 2007 01:39 PM      Profile for Nanuq   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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even if he assumes the throne past middle age, he could end up on it for forty some odd years.

He's 60 now and his mother is probably good for another ten to twenty years. He could be 80 before he gets crowned and the stress of not saying something silly as a sitting monarch will probably do him in after only a few years. He is his father's son, after all.


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Red Cedar
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posted 04 September 2007 12:18 AM      Profile for Red Cedar     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think that Camilla did the right thing by bowing out as well.
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Tommy_Paine
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posted 04 September 2007 02:45 AM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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He's 60 now

Geesh, I didn't think he was that old.


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