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Old 09-13-2012, 05:34 PM
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Greetings. What I remember about the Queen Mum.

In Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes I read that the Queen Mother confounded a Kenyan (I think) general who complained to her about English interference in Kenya's internal affairs. "We feel that way in Edinburgh," she replied. This baffled him no end.

I am happy to join. I am in touch with the Royalist Party also. I believe in constitutional monarchy.

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Old 09-13-2012, 05:46 PM
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I think that story comes from her visit to South Africa when she met a Boer and her response was along the lines of "we Scots feel the same way".
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Old 09-13-2012, 05:55 PM
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No doubt you are right, and Bartlett got it wrong. But of course it had the same effect either way.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:07 PM
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Enjoy the site, and thank you for sharing the story.
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:02 AM
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Thanks for the Welcome. Benefits of Monarchy.

Thanks for your courteous welcome. Though an American, I am a lifelong fan of the Queen and, living in retirement in Norway, can observe the indirect but profoundly stabilizing effect a monarchy can have on a modern country like Norway. Norwegians may have their party differences, but they all feel loyal to the concept of being Norwegians, and that is, or should be, an effect of monarchy. Monarchs stand ready, I think, to do more by filling an advisory role in government, and parliaments might consider expanding their role in this way to a degree.
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