Originally Posted by HMQueenElizabethII
I think the Foreign Office does not allow The Queen to attend any weddings or funerals outside GB.You know in Japan, i read a book about the Royals it tell that Princess Masako can not do anything.There are always some nanny to go with her to know what she does, how she walks( It means that does she walks as she is Royals).And if she wants to phone to her parents she must ask the Office one or two weeks before.
I think the cases of Japan and Great Britain are very different and unfair comparisons. The situation in Japan, as it pertains to Masako, is also the cause of much discussion and debate at present having caused much distress for the Crown Princess and sparked quite a defence from Crown Prince Naruhito.
I think that while Queen Elizabeth does
have individuals who guide her in terms of protocol, ultimately she makes many decisions herself, and even if there was a stipulation that she can't (which I don't believe to be true) attend events outside of Great Britain, if the Queen felt truly strongly about attending something she could defy protocol and attend the event -- she is the Queen afterall!
I don't quite understand either, however, why such a stipulation (if it exists) would only bar the Queen from weddings and funerals
. These two events seem to me to be occasions where protcol is the most straightforward -- the royal house "hosting" the event determines the dress code and in the case of a funeral you show the proper respect and at weddings you show joy and happiness for the couple starting out their married life.
It's one thing for the Queen to not have attended because of prior commitments but surely the death of at least Juliana would've warranted an appearance by Queen Elizabeth.