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Old 06-09-2007, 12:55 PM
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It'll be a wonder if they survive at all. Brown is likely to surround himself with fellow republicans. Then again, I give Brown 6 months at the helm at the most. He's not popular at all.
I think it was reported that Brown and Prince Charles are good friends and Brown has always appreciated Prince's opinion, if I'm not mistaken.

While I can definitely see Brown limiting Royal Powers (he's already gone forward with Royal Prerogative), I don't think he will seek to abolish Monarchy at all.
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Old 06-09-2007, 01:48 PM
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While I can definitely see Brown limiting Royal Powers (he's already gone forward with Royal Prerogative), I don't think he will seek to abolish Monarchy at all.
He shouldn't try. The truth is he - Brown himself, not his position - is much more likely to be abolished than the monarchy. Before he is not an elected PM (by the public) he has to be careful regarding taking unpopular decisions.

Especially the older generation will not support him in limiting Royal Powers but he might do it through a back door.
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Old 06-09-2007, 02:04 PM
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It has to be said that Brown can't risk doing too much, especially where the monarchy is concerned because he's very much a caretaker PM, just waiting till the next General Election. In the future however, I think we will see changes proposed and I can see Britain getting a written constitution in which the monarch may be reduced to the Swedish model.
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Old 06-09-2007, 06:48 PM
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I think it was reported that Brown and Prince Charles are good friends and Brown has always appreciated Prince's opinion, if I'm not mistaken.

While I can definitely see Brown limiting Royal Powers (he's already gone forward with Royal Prerogative), I don't think he will seek to abolish Monarchy at all.
That is the impression I had too, Avalon. I also read a few times in a few places that Prince Charles likes Brown a lot, and I was surprised, but then not so surprised, if you know what I mean. I think Prince Charles has long been more liberal than his family tradition. I don't think Brown is Republican either.
I don't think he is anti-monarchy at all. Maybe he and Prince Charles are agreed on wanting to make the monarchy more appropriate for the 21st century, though. Not that it is not appropriate, but I'm sure there are ways to change some things, always room for improvement, right?
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Old 06-09-2007, 06:52 PM
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Most certainly not. It is not for us to question our betters.
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Old 06-09-2007, 08:24 PM
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My bet is that the next elected PM being invited by the Queen is David Cameron. He stands for a change as Labour was in power for too long, and, as Blair, he can present himself very well. Not as professional yet as Blair of course, but his time will come.
I think Cameron would be a good PM too, and I think the Queen is probably hoping he will be the one, although like Avalon said, it seems like Prince Charles (if the press reports are true) likes Brown. But it has been rare when Monarch and Heir Apparent are agreeing. Look at George V and his Prince of Wales, and Queen Victoria and her Prince of Wales, and of course George III and his Prince of Wales/Regent had issues with each other as well. I think it's the nature of the beast, to always have tension between sovereign and heir, the Old and the New.
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Old 06-11-2007, 06:45 AM
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I think it was reported that Brown and Prince Charles are good friends and Brown has always appreciated Prince's opinion, if I'm not mistaken.
Avalon, here is a new story from yesterday's Telegraph which clearly expresses that Prince Charles is not in favor of Brown and says he hasn't even seen him in 8 months and doesn't plan too.

"This unhappy state of affairs is likely to be seen as further - evidence that the heir to the Queen's crown has not forgiven the heir to Tony Blair's for taking it upon himself to end a £40 million subsidy for the Prince's Trust, which continues to be a significant drag on the charity's resources."

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It further says that Prince Charles has invited David Cameron to Clarence House and that the Prince of Wales is more sympathetic to the younger generation of politicians.
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Old 06-11-2007, 07:17 AM
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Avalon, here is a new story from yesterday's Telegraph which clearly expresses that Prince Charles is not in favor of Brown and says he hasn't even seen him in 8 months and doesn't plan too.

"This unhappy state of affairs is likely to be seen as further - evidence that the heir to the Queen's crown has not forgiven the heir to Tony Blair's for taking it upon himself to end a £40 million subsidy for the Prince's Trust, which continues to be a significant drag on the charity's resources."

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It further says that Prince Charles has invited David Cameron to Clarence House and that the Prince of Wales is more sympathetic to the younger generation of politicians.
This was I thought. Makes more sense to me. But of course the monarch has to work with anyone who comes along as PM.
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Old 06-11-2007, 08:07 AM
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It does make more sense Prince Charles would support Cameron. But of course most Telegraph readers probably support him above all nowadays, don't you think? Logic does point to the idea of most members of the family supporting the Conservative Party, *privately* of course.
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Old 06-11-2007, 08:23 AM
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It does make more sense Prince Charles would support Cameron. But of course most Telegraph readers probably support him above all nowadays, don't you think? Logic does point to the idea of most members of the family supporting the Conservative Party, *privately* of course.
Yes, the perfect monarch should have an opinion but should be careful how to express it (in most cases not at all) On many occasions the Queen showed that she prefers the gesture to the spoken word, very wise!

On TV it was recently said that the Queen gets so much respect and admiration because we know so little about her. Gives her kind of a mystic aura - times might change but I believe there is still truth in that and IMO Charles gives away too much from himself from time to time, especially on political issues.
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Old 06-11-2007, 08:43 AM
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Avalon, here is a new story from yesterday's Telegraph which clearly expresses that Prince Charles is not in favor of Brown and says he hasn't even seen him in 8 months and doesn't plan too.

"This unhappy state of affairs is likely to be seen as further - evidence that the heir to the Queen's crown has not forgiven the heir to Tony Blair's for taking it upon himself to end a £40 million subsidy for the Prince's Trust, which continues to be a significant drag on the charity's resources."

It further says that Prince Charles has invited David Cameron to Clarence House and that the Prince of Wales is more sympathetic to the younger generation of politicians.
Thank you for the article WindsorIII.
I remember a while age there was a picture of Prince Charles and David Cameron and they did seem to be quite friendly.
On the other hand, I've seen many pictures of Brown and Prince Charles, also showing friendly interaction. And I definitely remember an article (I think on BBC), where Brown spoke very highly about Prince Charles and his activities.

Things may have changed, of course (or, as often happens, pictures can be misleading).


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Yes, the perfect monarch should have an opinion but should be careful how to express it (in most cases not at all) On many occasions the Queen showed that she prefers the gesture to the spoken word, very wise!

On TV it was recently said that the Queen gets so much respect and admiration because we know so little about her. Gives her kind of a mystic aura - times might change but I believe there is still truth in that and IMO Charles gives away too much from himself from time to time, especially on political issues.

I completely agree with you, Duke of Marmalade.
Queen Elizabeth does have that aura of mystery. She's been around for so many years, yet you can never really tell what she thinks or feels.

I don't think Prince Charles gives away too much about his political views though. While he is the Prince of Wales, he uses the chance to speak of what he thinks is important for Britain (like organic farming, preserving British way of life, architecture, religious tolerance and acceptance). Some of his views, once labeled old-fashioned and laughed at by the press and politicians, are now progressive and vital once again. Which shows Prince Charles knows what he is talking about and which makes me interested to hear his opinion.
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Old 06-11-2007, 09:24 AM
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I completely agree with you, Duke of Marmalade.
Queen Elizabeth does have that aura of mystery. She's been around for so many years, yet you can never really tell what she thinks or feels.

I don't think Prince Charles gives away too much about his political views though. While he is the Prince of Wales, he uses the chance to speak of what he thinks is important for Britain (like organic farming, preserving British way of life, architecture, religious tolerance and acceptance). Some of his views, once labeled old-fashioned and laughed at by the press and politicians, are now progressive and vital once again. Which shows Prince Charles knows what he is talking about and which makes me interested to hear his opinion.
I agree Avalon, I admire the PoW especially for his engagement for the environment, as I have the impression it is not to curry favour with people (as so many politicians do these days) but something that has been very important to him for a very long time. He is much more that just a guy who talks to his plants : - ) What I wanted to say is that IMO the way Charles gives things away can be improved - but to be fair he is not yet the monarch. He seems to be unpatient and offended very easily if people don't share his opinion or critizise him. Often he gives the impression of a misjudged man who was forced by his role to lead a senseless life to a certain degree because he was never allowed to really prove himself (not true though IMO). I don't recall that QE II has ever given an interview (Prince Philip has though) and still not many monarchs do. When Charles takes on this role, he should keep this in mind and watch more carefully what he says and the way he says it and who is the medium / audience he is talking to
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Old 06-23-2007, 02:36 PM
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So with less than a week to Go what does everyone think Blairs Legacy will be in Regards to the Monarchy And what Dicrection do you think The Monarchy will go in when Brown Takes Over (Ive Heard it said that he will abolish the Queens speech *GASP*
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Old 06-23-2007, 04:03 PM
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He won't abolish the Queen's Speech. Quite simply - he can't. To do that would mean taking away the Queen's right to open parliament and he can't do that without changing our constitution which would mean a referendum and nobody in their right mind would let Gordon Brown of all people replace the Queen.
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Old 06-23-2007, 07:47 PM
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He could reduce each parliament to one session in each parliament, reduce the actual speech to something like "Hi. Do stuff. Bye", and advise the Queen to come in something less formal, meaning that Parliament only sees the Queen in a hat once every five years, but I sincerely doubt he would.
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Isn't that what the Queen does anyway? Turns up, says hello, gives the orders and then leaves? I too very much doubt he'd dare suggest the end to the pomp and pageantry that we all know and love. What we have to remember is that the last ten years have actually been a Blair and Brown Government. Nothing will change, only Brown's spin team will try and put out an image of change to prevent total defeat at the next General Election.
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Personally I'm not confident in Cameron & his party either! There have been that many sexual scandals in the Conservative Party in the last couple of years they really have lost credibility. Along with that is the fact that Cameron has instigated some sort of "preferred candidates list" which parachutes people into seats rather than allowing people with an interest in the area to represent the people. At least one of the women on this list has been involved in the breakup of the marriage of a sitting member! (BTW I have personal knowlege that this information is concerned.
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Well, as of today, Gordon Brown is leader of the Labour Party with Harriet Harman as his deputy. Does anyone know what Harman's views on the monarchy are?
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There have been that many sexual scandals in the Conservative Party in the last couple of years they really have lost credibility.
That applies to all the parties though. We had the Lib Dems with their rent boys, Labour had among many others, Prescot and his PA, ().
On your other point, if a marriage is solid, then nobody can break it up, except the two people who are married!
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