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Old 02-27-2006, 03:18 AM
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Parliament is ultimately Sovereign in the UK
Not really correct. In England sovereignty rests with parliament but in Scotland since earliest times it has rested with the people.
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Old 02-27-2006, 09:59 AM
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I don't mean to be rude but it is really annoying that a foreigner should presume to know that there is nothing in Scotland that requires the monarch's presence. Scotland is a kingdom and the oldest in Europe at that. The Queen (she is not EIIR in Scotland) does open the Scottish parliament and when she did so last year was welcomed as Queen of Scots just as she was in 1953 when she came to Edinburgh for the first time as Queen to recieve the Honours of Scotland. I haven't a clue what you mean by the General Synod. There is no such thing. Anne does carry out some duties in Scotland but not that many. Any person or body wanting the Queen to carry out some sort of duty must arrange for it to take place in the first week of July as that is her "Scottish week" but when it comes to England it can be at almost any time apart from during her four months holiday. Many monarchies have buildings on a par, or even more beautiful than Windsor and as for the Coronation, that is on it's way out.
The General Synod does exist thought it is actually called the General Assembly, it is the Annual Court of the Church of Scotland where Her Majesty either presides in person (occasionaly) or more usually is represented by His Grace The Lord High Commissiner, whom she appoints annually to be Her Majesty's Royal Repersentative for the week of the Assembly.
visit www.churchofscotland.org.uk for more information.
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Old 02-27-2006, 10:12 AM
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Many monarchies have buildings on a par, or even more beautiful than Windsor and as for the Coronation, that is on it's way out.
I don't think thats true. I think that although it'll be slimlined and we won't see the grand Imperial parade we once did, we will still Crown our Monarchs. Its the way we've always done it and it's not only traditional but symbolic.
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Old 02-27-2006, 10:29 AM
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In England sovereignty rests with parliament but in Scotland since earliest times it has rested with the people.
The Clans were far too busy betraying and warring with one another to know what sovereignty meant. If it 'rested with the people', perhaps thats why with the help of the scots, the English were able to conquer Scotland so easily. If it still rests with the people, then may the Gods help us!
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Old 02-27-2006, 11:13 AM
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Coronation

There will be a Coronation againg however it will have a new part added in Westminster Hall with a more multicultural theme, this was discussed by the Former Dean of Westminster in 2003.
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Old 02-27-2006, 11:54 AM
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Country-bashing is not very productive for intelligent discussion and its against our policies.

Let's call a truce between the English and Scottish and move on.

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Old 02-27-2006, 11:56 AM
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How can a Coronation be multicultural? These are just the kinds of PC ideas that need firmly rejecting.
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Old 02-27-2006, 12:36 PM
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Aren't the Queen and King Harald of Norway cousins?

Lots of other royals aren't close cousins such as the Danish/Greek/Spanish royals but they still seem to spend time together. For example, Queen Beatrix and Queen Noor are both close to the Spanish royals and there is no close relationship there.
Yes, the British queen and King Harald are second cousins. Still Elisabeth never attend any family gatherings in Norway. Not even funerals.
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Old 02-27-2006, 01:43 PM
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How can a Coronation be multicultural? These are just the kinds of PC ideas that need firmly rejecting.
I quite agree, but the idea was that after the actual Coronation before the Sovereign returns to Buckingham Palace (or the Next Day) a ceremony was to be held in Westminster Hall where other faiths could bestow their blessings on the New King and a sort of "enthronement" in the European sense of the word would take place.

I am however of the opinion that things should be left the way they have been for the past 1300 years.
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I had a mental exercise trying to identify the people at King Baudouin's funeral. I know several faces and cannot put names to them. Is it King Olav behind the Crown Prince of Belgium?
Who is the elderly man 4th row back, bald, white mo?
Can anyone help?
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Old 02-28-2006, 07:46 AM
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I had a mental exercise trying to identify the people at King Baudouin's funeral. I know several faces and cannot put names to them. Is it King Olav behind the Crown Prince of Belgium?
Who is the elderly man 4th row back, bald, white mo?
It looks like an Aide de Camp behind Philippe (King Olav died in 1991 and King Baudouin died in 1993).
The elderly gentleman is HRH Duke Albrecht, Head of the Royal House of Bavaria, who was 88 years old at the time.

Here is a link to the pic.
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Old 02-28-2006, 09:08 AM
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The Windsors in Europe

I thought I better get back to the Issue in Hand,

Her Majesty The Queen never had the habit of attending Royal events in Europe, the only exception being Queen Juilana's Silver Wedding Anniversary.

I don't think that Her Majesty sees herself as mor important than the Other European Sovereigns. The Queen obviously enjoys the company of her fellow king's and queens. Queen Elizabeth II has a wonderful time with King Harald And Queen Sonja of Norway, this has been evident during State, Official and Family celebrations and events.

At Her Golden Jubilee dinner for European Sovereigns, Queen Beatrix and Queen Margrethe II both appear to enjoy The Queen's company.
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Thanks Warren for your reply.

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The Windsors 'Snub' King Carl Gustav of Sweden on His 60th Birthday

...The Swedish media are far from impressed by what they deem a 'snub' from Buckingham Palace and Clarence House, one newspaper claiming the Windsors think "they are too fine for the King's party" whilst another says the Queen and her immediate family are "snobbish and rude."

source: The Royalist http://www.theroyalist.net/content/view/640/2/

Taken by itself, this doesn't sound like a snub but after these 'snubs' pile up, the Windsors, after 15 years or so of scandal and sleaze, look like they still think they're better than others (foreign royals and commoners alike).
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Old 04-28-2006, 05:37 PM
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it always does surprise me that HM doesn't attend the more important events for European royals.
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Old 04-28-2006, 05:39 PM
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I'm quite upset that the Queen isn't sending a member of the family. It's just not on.
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Old 04-28-2006, 08:24 PM
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Well they sould still be tired since the queen had her birthday last week and they might not want to travel.
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Old 04-28-2006, 09:21 PM
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There is NO excuse for this. The BRF is the largest royal family in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. There is at least one person who could have gone. But then again maybe the swedes didnt invite them. Still, the windsor clan is huge and there has to be at least one person. I can understand the Queen, DoE, the Walses family not going with many things going on but still there is at least one person.
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Old 04-28-2006, 09:38 PM
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I totally agree with PrinceJohnny25. They are family, however many times removed. The Royal Family are there to represent us abroad and they aren't doing it. I've never criticised the Queen - NEVER - and I wont now. But I really think priorities need assessing.
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Just read through the royal diary of engagements, tonight Saturday the Earl and Countess of Wessex do have their engagements in Berkshire and it would be tired for them to travel to Sweden for the celebrations on Sunday and the couple may want to spend the times with Louise. I'd not excuse Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh as i have said before they are slowing down and have moved to Windsor Castle to take more suitable engagements just like 3 a day and decrease the number of duties to suitable with the age of the Queen as 80 and HRH as 84 now, if we have a look on the Court Circular, from the Passing Out of Prince Harry, the records of the Queen's engagements are now from Windsor Castle not Buckingham Palace anymore, it's true like the newspaper said. The Princess Royal also has her engagement on Sunday, and i don't think she has been as representative for HM much.
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