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Old 07-31-2014, 05:40 AM
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Sketch: Her Majesty will see you now - Telegraph

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David Cameron lets slip details of conversations with the Queen AGAIN | Daily Mail Online
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And I have to say that when dealing with Fergie's mistakes all the Queen's qualities she mentioned would have been stretched to the bone! She was angry with Sarah when the toe-sucking incidents were in all the newspapers and the family were staying at Balmoral.
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Wow I have never seen that before. Kind of hard to believe BP or The Queen fell for that. Did he ever get caught?
Pretty cool hearing her speak French.
The video below shows the Queen addressing the National Assembly of Québec in French in 1964. For a native English speaker, her French pronunciation is actually quite good.

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Old 10-06-2014, 01:03 PM
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The video below shows the Queen addressing the National Assembly of Québec in French in 1964. For a native English speaker, her French pronunciation is actually quite good.

Very impressive.
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David Cameron to apologise to Queen for saying she 'purred' over Scottish independence vote - Telegraph

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‘Not out of it, but above it’: how the Queen will engineer a royal retreat to keep out of a hung parliament | UK news | The Guardian
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Old 03-10-2015, 05:55 PM
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Anyone besides me get the bright idea that she could retreat to Sandringham and spend some time going over to Anmer Hall and simply playing great granny? This retreat is a good idea as far as her constitutional role is concerned. Remove any kind of chance that something may be misinterpreted politically plus gives her a chance to just enjoy the spring a bit.
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True. That would be lovely. Probably she has to remain discreetly in or near London though, just because of the very remote chance of some constitutional crisis blowing up as a result of the election.
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New Privy Councillors of the United Kingdom

Her Majesty the Queen approved the following people members of Her Majesty’s most Honourable Privy Council.

Sir Edward Garnier QC MP
Mr Charles Hendry MP
Ms Anne Milton MP
Mr David Evennett MP
Mr Mark Field MP
Dr Julian Lewis MP
Mr Keith Simpson MP
Ms Fiona Mactaggart MP
Mr David Heath MP
The Rt Hon. The Baroness Garden of Frognal
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So much for the Prince of Wales being Earl of Chester I guess. Lol.

As for the whole "the Queen staying above the fray," they did invent something called a telephone. She can stay at Windsor (where she retreats more and more) and not be drawn into partisan politics.
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The end of the Parliamentary session is known as prorogue, or prorogation, and it involves a few odd actions and Norman French being spoken in Westminster.

The monarch's assent to various bills is shown by the use of the phrase, La Reine le veult - the Queen desires it - being repeated.
More: La Reine le veult: What is prorogation in Parliament? - BBC News
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Old 03-26-2015, 04:02 PM
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So much for the Prince of Wales being Earl of Chester I guess. Lol.

When Charles and Camilla visited Chester earlier this year for official engagements they were referred to as the Earl and Countess of Chester.

Earl of Chester is one of Charles' official titles, which he was given when he was created Prince of Wales.

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As for the whole "the Queen staying above the fray," they did invent something called a telephone. She can stay at Windsor (where she retreats more and more) and not be drawn into partisan politics.
That is the entire reason for her not attending the events around VE Day commemorations this year - so that she isn't 'seen' to be with one side or the other. She can be in contact wherever she is in the world but the visual is also very important. By talking to the leaders on the telephone, or even via Skype etc she can be in contact but the general population won't be seeing her with one side or the other and counting how long she was with them e.g. she was seen talking to the PM for 5 minutes and the leader of the opposition for only 4 therefore she favours the PM in this situation.

Of course if the Brits were able to avoid a hung parliament the entire point would be moot.
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Prime Minister David Cameron has driven from 10 Downing Street to Buckingham Palace to inform the Queen of the dissolution of Parliament and fire the starting gun in what he has termed "the most important General Election in a generation".

The campaign for the May 7 poll kicked off in earnest with all three major parties making their pitch for voters in an election which is widely expected to end with another hung parliament.
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The Queen will be thrust centre stage if David Cameron tries to hang on to power after the election without the backing of enough MPs.

The Times can reveal that Buckingham Palace has had a change of heart in recent days and decided that Her Majesty will deliver the Queen’s Speech — which sets the agenda for her government — whatever the outcome of the election.

The palace had voiced fears that her reputation would be tarnished should Mr Cameron try to put forward a Queen’s Speech before he could guarantee the backing of enough MPs to govern. It had suggested that the Queen might stay away from the event, planned for May 27 in the House of Lords, in case the speech was voted down in the Commons.

Royal sources confirmed that she would lead proceedings, even if there was a risk that the speech would be overthrown the following week because the Tories had failed to muster enough backing from smaller parties.
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The Queen will reportedly take control of the election aftermath should there be no clear winner.

If David Cameron tries to hang onto power without the backing of enough MPs, Her Majesty could still deliver the Queen's Speech - which sets her government’s agenda for the next five years - even if it may get later voted down in the Commons.

Palace aides had originally suggested this would not be the case.

But instead the Queen has decided to lead proceedings as normal - even if there is a danger the speech could be overthrown by Ed Miliband securing the backing of enough MPs to form a Labour government.
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I've just finished reading a brilliant book about the Ancient Laws of England. Here are ten which directly affect the Royal Family.

1. All of us making claims about the marital relations of Fergie, Diana and Camilla should hold our tongues. Under the 1891 Slander of Women act, it is still illegal to "impute unchastity or adultery to any woman in England".

2. Anyone asserting the claims of the Stuart line should watch out. Under English law, anyone stating that the Stuarts are the rightful heirs to the throne are asserting papal authority over England and thus breaking literally hundreds of old laws. You'll not only be imprisoned for life but you'll also have to give all your property and possessions to the Queen. You also lose the protection of the Crown and therefore you're not entitled a lawyer. Lesson : Lizzie rules ok?

3. The Duke of Edinburgh is a criminal Under the House of Lords Precedence Act of 1539, only the monarch's heir may be seated next to him at the State Opening of Parliament. The monarch's consort must sit to the left of the monarch. When the Queen came to the throne, she got rid of this and allowed the Duke of Edinburgh to sit next to her, but the law wasn't changed. Therefore, the Duke of Edinburgh breaks the law every time he enters the House of Lords. Prince Albert was also an offender.

4. I hope the Duchess of Cornwall doesn't plan to go back to Burlington Arcade. When she turned on the Christmas lights there in 2005, she was actually breaking the law. Under an old regency law, anyone "causing a crowd to form at Burlington Arcade or whistling, hurrying, singing or otherwise making show" must be arrested and imprisoned.

5. Prince Charles, his wife and his children cannot legally visit Chester according to a law of 1403 that has never been repealed. Any Welshman is barred from the city and may be shot at any time of the day with a longbow without the assassin being jailed for murder. Likewise, one can also murder a Scotsman in York.

6. Paul Burrell should watch out. Under a law passed in 1679, it is perfectly legal for a master to beat an unruly servant as long as he uses a cudgel and doesn't actually cause death. Who wants to go first?

7. All those people who think they're clever by declining Knighthoods are actually breaking the law. Under a law of 1233, anyone refusing a Knighthood must have their property seized by the local Sheriff and branded.

8. Good news for Michael Fagin. When he broke into Buckingham Palace, he was actually allowed to break in as many times as he liked once the initial break in had taken place and only be charged with one account of breaking and entering.

9. The Queen's Corgis will be happy to know that under a law passed by George I, any commoner who's dog "gains carnal knowledge" of Royal pets will be punished with the severest penalty of death.

10. Diana was very lucky not to have been hanged for treason. Under the Treason Act of 1351 which hasn't been repealed, anyone who "violates the King's companion, the King's eldest daughter unmarried or the King's eldest son" is committing treason. When she gave her "Queen of Hearts" interview, she actually admitted treason and until 1998 could have been hanged for the crime.




See, had all of that been posted, I would of never known any of it. In Texas, USA you cannot sell an eye, shoot a buffalo from a second story hotel window, milk another person's cow and you can still be hung for horse thieving and stealing chickens. You can catch and eat some kinds of rattlesnakes for fun and good food, buzzards and other types of rattlers are federally protected. But in England, #9 about the dogs really is funny. It's almost like two entirely different worlds, isn't it? lol I hope ya'll have a great election period. Law really does illustrate so much history and heritage, even if we might find some laws a bit silly. Those laws in their day really did help restore order. Even today. There are some old laws of years ago that today no one of sound mind dares test the validity of, like stealing a horse, because, really, they could hang for it. They'd get tried for other serious crimes if people took the law in their own hands and tried to hang someone over it and the law would simply imprision or give probation, over the horse. When the laws are on the books, really, it's up to the judge and or jury what sentence gets handed out on things like that. I doubt you see Scot's in York or Prince Charles in Chester, but I don't know. lol What exactly is a cudgel? Used to beat servants? I doubt much work got accomplished with broken bones. Oh knighthood or else you loose all your possessions? Wow, I didn't know knights had much anyway until the beatles guy got a slot, lol. America is way different. It really is amazing at how much different. Since America started out as a penal colony from England it's easy to understand how rough around the edges they were coming from, cudgels, for example, servants behaving badly, among other things. Hmmm, I wonder where they ever got the mere notion.. tsk, tsk. lol
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Mirror is a tabloid isn't it? Her speech? I don't think that could be overthrown, for any reason. They better be good to her and not tarnish anything about her. Seriously, she's the Queen. She has devoted her life to the kingdom and everyone in it's realm. I am ignorant about the politics over there, but she is important to world relations as well, is there some kind of law that makes her word the law of the land and how the commons vote require her final decision or not?
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Old 05-07-2015, 12:50 AM
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Her word is NOT law.


She has to sign all the laws that parliament passes but parliament is supreme. If parliament passed a law to remove her from power she would have to sign it or cause a constitutional crisis. That has been the case since parliament won the civil war in 1649 and showed who is the boss - they executed the last monarch who tried to stand in their way.
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Her speech? I don't think that could be overthrown, for any reason. They better be good to her and not tarnish anything about her.
Her speech and the reaction to it has absolutely nothing to do with her personally. It's the government's outline of its plans for the upcoming session.
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