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Old 12-18-2015, 01:08 AM
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JAN MOIR: We could do a lot worse than Camillia as our Queen | Daily Mail Online
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Old 12-18-2015, 02:48 AM
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I'm not surprised to see such an article. The author has merely articulated the thousand words that picture speaks.
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'Camilla can't be Queen' say nearly half of Cheltenham audience to royal reporter Nicholas Witchell | Gloucestershire Live
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Old 10-12-2016, 08:15 PM
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What a load of rubbish. "She can't be Queen." Too bad she'll be Queen the moment her husband becomes King.
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Old 10-12-2016, 08:43 PM
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I looked into this. This happened at the Cheltenham Literature Festival when the author A N Wilson was giving a talk.

NIcholas Witchall, BBc royal reporter (the one Prince Charles notably said he didnt like) took a 'straw poll'. This could have been either for fun or for mischief. But the outcome was that the majority said that she should be Queen.

BBC/Witchell did not get the result they prob wanted. Foolish for it to become news.
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Old 10-12-2016, 09:35 PM
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The article did point out that it was just a 'straw poll' though, in fairness. Even though Camilla has improved since her marriage in more serious polling conducted by legitimate companies, there's still a broad section of Britons that don't care for her very much. She's still at the back of the pack when people are asked to rate their favourites in the royal family.
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Old 10-15-2016, 07:06 AM
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In answer to the follow on remarks, there is a lovely photograph of Charles and Diana both wearing very casual pale blue shirts, she's behind him, her arms round his shoulders and both looking probably every bit as happy as this.

It didn't work out and regardless of the endless speculation as to should it ever have happened makes no difference to the fact that yes they were that happy couple once.
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Old 10-15-2016, 10:47 AM
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I like how Jan Moir writes and this article is no exception.
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Old 10-15-2016, 12:33 PM
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It would look very strange and completely wrong if Camilla won't be crowned Queen when Charles is crowned King.

The King and The Queen is the way it should be.

The King and The Princess Consort sounds wrong and more like father and daughter than husband and wife.

(Just my opinions)
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Old 10-22-2016, 11:17 PM
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I looked into this. This happened at the Cheltenham Literature Festival when the author A N Wilson was giving a talk.

NIcholas Witchall, BBc royal reporter (the one Prince Charles notably said he didnt like) took a 'straw poll'. This could have been either for fun or for mischief. But the outcome was that the majority said that she should be Queen.

BBC/Witchell did not get the result they prob wanted. Foolish for it to become news.
Thank you for looking into this, cepe. Interesting what they did. The result was that the majority said that she should be Queen. So they flipped it to 'nearly half' said no - which is not the majority so is accurate but creates the immediate opposing impression. Clear indication that the reporting in this is biased. Why are they so keen to stoke that fire?
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Old 10-22-2016, 11:46 PM
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Thank you for looking into this, cepe. Interesting what they did. The result was that the majority said that she should be Queen. So they flipped it to 'nearly half' said no - which is not the majority so is accurate but creates the immediate opposing impression. Clear indication that the reporting in this is biased. Why are they so keen to stoke that fire?
Why are reporters at the DM and other tabloids so keen to stoke that fire? IMO because it's clickbait and they know that Camilla isn't a favourite of the British public.

In every poll that has come out in the past ten years that has gone into the popularity of individual members of the royal family, some conducted by newspapers, others by reputable firms like YouGov, Camilla is at the back of the pack. Time after time the Queen and William, Kate and Harry are pronounced the favourites of the BRF by the public.

Yes, Charles has dragged his popularity up from the abysmal figures of the late 1990's and there has been a similar rise in Camilla's popularity. However, it is nothing to what you would suppose it should be for a hard working and committed heir to the throne and his wife.

For Camilla there will always be the shadow of Diana looking over her shoulder. People will say 'Well, people 30 years and younger don't remember Diana.' That's true, they don't. However, most young Britons also have mothers, fathers, aunts, grandmothers, who do remember and talk about her on occasions, the sort of thing that sticks in people's memories. That baggage of Camilla's interference in her second husband's first marriage will always be there IMO. Charles's spin doctors have tried to re-write history since the couple's marriage, and I believe they've failed.

If I'm wrong, why isn't Camilla up there near the Queen in terms of popularity as you would think her status and charity work since her marriage demands? Why is a committed heir to the throne with a huge portfolio of great work for the country behind him lagging in popularity behind his sons and daughter in law, as he once lagged in popularity behind his first wife?

People can dismiss polls but really in democracies they are the only thing we have to go on to get some idea of what the population of a country think. The result of one poll can be an abberation. One after another, after years of PR from Clarence House? Not a chance!
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Old 10-23-2016, 08:43 AM
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If William and Harry are happy with Camillia, the general public have no say in the matter! Marriage happened, end of.

When Charles becomes King, I expect Camilla will become Queen, dispite the "Princess Consort" suggetions of a decade ago.
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Old 10-23-2016, 09:00 AM
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Imo the popularity of Camilla depends very much on whether a person views Camilla for her actions and representations since she became DoC or whether a person sees her as the woman who made Diana unhappy.

Diana's shadow is very long among some

Personally i get the feeling that Camilla isn't looking for the limelight at all and she wouldn't care if she never got in the position to possibly be the queen, but she also doesn't want to rock the boat and try to change tradition.
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Old 10-23-2016, 09:01 AM
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Why are reporters at the DM and other tabloids so keen to stoke that fire? IMO because it's clickbait and they know that Camilla isn't a favourite of the British public.

In every poll that has come out in the past ten years that has gone into the popularity of individual members of the royal family, some conducted by newspapers, others by reputable firms like YouGov, Camilla is at the back of the pack. Time after time the Queen and William, Kate and Harry are pronounced the favourites of the BRF by the public.

Yes, Charles has dragged his popularity up from the abysmal figures of the late 1990's and there has been a similar rise in Camilla's popularity. However, it is nothing to what you would suppose it should be for a hard working and committed heir to the throne and his wife.

For Camilla there will always be the shadow of Diana looking over her shoulder. People will say 'Well, people 30 years and younger don't remember Diana.' That's true, they don't. However, most young Britons also have mothers, fathers, aunts, grandmothers, who do remember and talk about her on occasions, the sort of thing that sticks in people's memories. That baggage of Camilla's interference in her second husband's first marriage will always be there IMO. Charles's spin doctors have tried to re-write history since the couple's marriage, and I believe they've failed.

If I'm wrong, why isn't Camilla up there near the Queen in terms of popularity as you would think her status and charity work since her marriage demands? Why is a committed heir to the throne with a huge portfolio of great work for the country behind him lagging in popularity behind his sons and daughter in law, as he once lagged in popularity behind his first wife?

People can dismiss polls but really in democracies they are the only thing we have to go on to get some idea of what the population of a country think. The result of one poll can be an abberation. One after another, after years of PR from Clarence House? Not a chance!
Camilla will never be on the same level of popularity as The Queen. That's just reality.
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Old 10-23-2016, 09:22 AM
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Camilla will never be on the same level of popularity as The Queen. That's just reality.
JMO, but I think Camilla knows this and is not so sold, herself on the idea of being called Queen.
I think Camilla a very astute person, socially. And I mean that in a nice way, so no sniggering. She has been able to effect a change in the POW that I could not have imagined possible back in the 90s. She seems to get along with everyone from Phillip to Kate to Harry, for heaven's sake!
And I think the choices she has made in her married life say a lot about the terms under which she decided to take up the marriage.
She sometimes vacations with others, escapes to her own home to see her own family, does very little to seek the spotlight. She and the Prince seem to have a very mature (again - I mean that as a good thing, no sniggering) marriage where they are there for one another and enjoy one another but not to the exclusion of friends and family. She has made no move to dominate the royal court. Heck she was several years into her marriage before she started to let someone take care of her shoes; until then, she was regularly seen with scraped heel backs!
All that shows me a woman who is not grasping at the role of Queen. Excepting her penchant for wearing big hats at momentous day events and huge royal jewels to evening events, we rarely see her "looking regal." Indeed, she shows us a steady, supportive family member that loves to read books to the kiddies and stand a few feet back of her husband. That's when she's not gently getting him to dance or lift the odd pint at an appearance.
I'm not sure she wants to be "Queen" much less be the next to use that title, which will be a tough act. I think she knows that. I'm not at all sure that the choice has entirely to do with the public. JMO
And in full disclosure, I was a Camilla hater for a long time, until I started judging her by her actions today.
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Camilla will never be on the same level of popularity as The Queen. That's just reality.
That is the wrong comparison. She should be compared to the Duke of Edinburgh, her predecessor as Consort, not to the Queen.
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Camilla isn't following in the Queen's footsteps. She is following Philip's as a consort. Just like we see with First Ladies, the Consort can serve their spouse how she or he see fit. Eleanor was different from Jackie, Hillary different from Laura. The same true is true for Philip and Elizabeth, Mary and Alexandra.

She doesn't have to go on every tour or do everything her husband does. If she wants to read to kids she can or vacation with her sister she can.

She doesn't have to go around with a crown on her head "looking regal". What she does now isn't going to drastically change when Charles is King. Attend a state dinner, wear a tiara, go on tours- all things she is already doing. Other than a coronation at the Abbey for a day, the only difference between Queen and where she is now is Your Majesty versus Your Royal Highness. She already made a more difficult from private citizen to member of the royal family.


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Old 10-23-2016, 10:27 AM
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There are all chances that Camilla will reach the same level of affection and popularity, as the Nation's granny. We have no idea. In the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and in the Vatican there are new monarchs and new consorts. It is surprising how quick the old guard seems "forgotten": Beatrix, Albert II and Paola, Juan Carlos and Sofía, Benedictus XVI... all still around, all part of history.

It already feels "natural" to see the new monarchs and their consorts. All of them enjoy popularity, bigger than in their days as heirs. It is impossible to tell if the British will like King Charles and Queen Camilla. I think there is every chance that they will like them indeed.

No one of us has a crystal ball but I think when the Nation rallies around the King whom leads the mourning and then so many accents will change at the Court, the King and Queen are able to become dear to the Britons. Who knows. Since Victoria all Kings and Queens enjoyed popularity. Their Consorts likewise. Even Edward VIII enjoyed huge popularity until the abdication. We will see.
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Old 10-23-2016, 10:47 AM
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The Queen herself was stuck in between her popular mother and her popular children. She didn't really become the nation's granny until her own mother passed. I remember a documentary about the royals how Britain loves a old monarch and a young monarch to paraphrase.


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Old 10-23-2016, 10:50 AM
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I firmly believe that when it comes down to popularity polls and who the public likes or dislikes, Camilla could care less. I have yet to see, in the 10 years Charles and Camilla have been married, any kind of indication that Camilla is out for the greater good of Camilla. Its just not her nature.

What is important to Camilla is Charles, his role as The Prince of Wales and his family and how their "Firm" operates. She is by no means a puppet but a warm, down to earth person with a good sense of humor and people find it easy to get along with her. She does what she can and what is expected of her. She also has been able to bring into focus several issues that matter to her personally yet goes about it quietly in her own way and pace without any fanfare. She may have married Charles in 2005 and jumped into the world of the royal fishbowl but has never let that interfere with that which has come before and we've recently seen Camilla with her children and her ex-husband as a support team.

What it all boils down to for me is that with Camilla, I see more of a "team" player than someone out for their own fame and glory. Who matters to Camilla will not be fleeting or shallow but long lasting and from my understanding, no matter what happens, there's always a bit of humor to be found in things if one really looks for it. But most of all, no matter Camilla is addressed as when Charles is king, with Camilla it will be her choice to focus on the "consort" part.
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