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Alas, I Shall never Be Queen!

March 13th, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Marriage, Monarchy Comments Off

By Peter Mullen

Suddenly I find my career options have disastrously narrowed.
 
The Government now realises that same-sex “marriage” will require a massive re-write of legislation dating back to AD 1285 – including the permanent abolition of the terms “husband” and “wife” from many of our laws. Crucial safeguards will also have to be introduced to safeguard the Monarchy.

The Government is scurrying to introduce all these changes through ministerial orders.

Among other atrocities, the proposals specifically include changing the law:

  • To prevent a man from becoming Queen in the event a King ‘marries’ another man
  • To prevent a man from becoming the Princess of Wales in the event that the heir to the throne enters a same-sex marriage
  • To stop the ‘husband’ of a male Peer being referred to as Duchess, Lady or Countess
  • To replace the terms “husband” and “wife” with “partner” or “spouse” in a huge raft of English law

NB: My today’s ‘blog is not a piece of satire

And it’s not just my ambitions which have been so cruelly curtailed. We are all diminished. Destroy a language and you destroy a world, irretrievably, irreversibly. By these revolutionary innovations, 1500 years of Christian civilisation are officially repudiated. This is the nightmare out of which it is impossible to wake up. Our old world is dead. Welcome to brave new world that hath such people in it.
 
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Who’s the ‘Us’ David Bowie wants Scotland to stay with?

February 22nd, 2014 Jill Posted in Constitution, Monarchy Comments Off

By Julian Mann, God & Politics in the UK

David Bowie’s political intervention in the Scottish independence debate at the Brit pop music awards – ‘Scotland stay with us’ – raises a very important question of national definition. What is the uniting ethos, the common political, moral and social outlook, which he believes ‘Scotland’ shares with ‘us’ in the other two nations and one province of the current United Kingdom?
 
In an era of political nonchalance amongst young people, exemplified by the attitude of the Arctic Monkeys’ lead singer, Alex Turner, who refused to comment on Mr Bowie’s statement when asked by a BBC journalist, the 67-year-old pop star’s conviction about the integrity of the UK was refreshingly counter-cultural. One might even dare to describe his intervention at the Brits as constructively rebellious, certainly more so than Mr Turner’s speech in praise of Rock n’ Roll.
 
But very arguably, having publicly urged those entitled to participate in September’s referendum to vote ‘no’ to Scottish independence, Mr Bowie has a moral duty to explain what he thinks is the ethos uniting Scotland to the the rest of the UK.
Had there been a referendum in Scotland just after the Act of Union in 1707 – say a year later in 1708 – it would not have been difficult to identify a coherent worldview that prominent opinion formers in both Scotland and England at that time wanted to see prevail.
 
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Men banned from becoming Queen as 700 years of law redrafted ahead of gay marriage

February 22nd, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Marriage, Monarchy Comments Off

By John Bingham, Telegraph

Words such as “widow” removed from statutes while medieval treason laws and even rules on royal titles amended ahead of gay marriage

Men are to be banned from becoming Queen or Princess of Wales as part of an unprecedented effort to rewrite more than 700 years of law to prevent unintended consequences of gay marriage.

Even a 14th Century act declaring it high treason to have an affair with the monarch’s husband or wife is included in the sweeping redrafting exercise.

Civil servants have drawn up a list of scores of statutes and regulations dating back as far 1285 to be amended or specifically excluded when the Government’s Same-Sex Marriage Act comes into force next month.

Under proposals to be debated by MPs and Peers as early as next week, terms such as “widow” will be deleted or reworded in legislation covering topics as diverse as seamen’s pensions and London cab licences to take account of the new definition of marriage.

References to mothers, fathers, husbands and wives are also to be amended to avoid future confusion.

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Christmas message: Queen reflects on year of Prince George’s birth

December 25th, 2013 Jill Posted in Monarchy Comments Off

From BBC News

The Queen has reflected on the birth of her great-grandson Prince George in her traditional Christmas Day broadcast.

She said the arrival of a new baby gave people the chance to think about the future with "renewed hope".

And she had a message for new parents, saying that for them "life will never be the same again".

The Queen also talked about the 60th anniversary of her coronation, the role of the Commonwealth and next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The message, broadcast on both television and radio, was recorded earlier this month at Buckingham Palace, in the blue drawing room.
 
Sitting at a desk, in front of family photographs, the Queen said: "Here at home my own family is a little larger this Christmas. As so many of you will know, the arrival of a baby gives everyone the chance to contemplate the future with renewed happiness and hope."

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UK: ReNew Conference: Bishop Nazir-Ali Speaks out Against Prince Charles for Multi-Faith Worship

November 27th, 2013 Jill Posted in Christianity, Monarchy Comments Off

By Julian Mann, Virtueonline

At the inaugural ReNew conference in Hertfordshire, England, global orthodox Anglican leader Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, former CofE Bishop of Rochester, spoke out against the heir to the UK throne, Prince Charles, for participating in multi-faith worship during a recent trip to India.

In a rare public criticism by a prominent Anglican leader of a senior member of the Royal Family for failing to uphold the supremacy of Jesus Christ, Dr Nazir-Ali said Prince Charles's participation in Hindu worship and his veneration of a Muslim Sufi 'saint' were at variance with his future role as Defender of the Protestant Christian Faith.

Dr Nazir-Ali also amused delegates at the ReNew Conference, a joint initiative between Reform and the Anglican Mission in England (AMiE), with an account of how he was recently told by a revisionist at a CofE meeting: 'There is no room for someone like you in an inclusive church.'

This week's conference heard a call from senior Reform leader, the Revd Jonathan Flectcher, for AMiE to adopt the Reform Covenant in order firmly to support the biblical doctrine of male headship in the church and the family. Mr Fletcher said the Jerusalem Statement, which is currently the doctrinal basis of AMiE, is not clear on the headship issue.

The Rector of St Helen's Bishopsgate in the City of London, the Revd William Taylor, called on ReNew to make clear that none of its supporters will ever participate in indaba-style consultations about the introduction of same-sex blessings.

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Christian coronations of future monarchs face legal challenge

November 10th, 2013 Jill Posted in Church of England, Monarchy Comments Off

By Caroline Davies, Guardian

Campaigners are to attempting to launch a legal challenge to the Christian coronation of future monarchs in an attack on the most powerful symbol of the union between church and state.

The National Secular Society (NSS) has instructed lawyers to investigate challenging the ancient religious rite under human rights legislation.

Keith Porteous Wood, the NSS executive director, said: "The country has changed out of all recognition since the last coronation and we should now be devising an investiture ceremony for the next head of state everyone can feel part of.

"A non-religious ceremony allows everybody to feel equally valued, and there is no reason that it should lack pomp or colourful ceremony simply because it is not religious, as with the ceremonies that take place in France or the US. "It is no longer appropriate to install the head of state in a religious service of one Christian denomination which – on a normal Sunday – less than 2% of the population attend."

Lawyers at Leigh Day, a firm of solicitors specialising in human rights, and Matrix chambers, have been instructed, he said. The NSS expects the challenge to focus on article 9 of the European convention on human rights, on the grounds that allowing the Church of England to perform such a ceremony limits the rights of conscience of the many people who do not subscribe to its beliefs, and article 14, which prohibits discrimination of any kind.

Arun Arora, the director of communications at the Church of England, said: "This flawed publicity stunt is mired in misunderstanding and confusion. The invocation of human rights legislation risks undermining the perception of vital laws purely for partisan purposes.

"To politicise the coronation in this way is a misguided and misjudged act by a campaign group of less than 10,000 members."

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Baby prince delights his proud parents as royals and godparents gather for christening at St James’s Palace

October 23rd, 2013 Jill Posted in Archbishop Of Canterbury, Monarchy Comments Off

By Martin Robinson and Mark Duell, Mailonline

Prince George was today christened as the world was given only its second public glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's young son.

Outside St James's Palace enthusiastic crowds gathered to see the heir to the throne, who was carried by his beaming parents on a joyful occasion.

The three-month-old prince, wearing a long christening robe, joined the handful of relatives at the ceremony – described as an 'intimate family affair'.

Only five senior royals, the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry saw the heir to the throne baptised.

The service was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, in the little-known Chapel Royal this afternoon.

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Archbishop hopes Prince George baptism will inspire

October 22nd, 2013 Jill Posted in Archbishop Of Canterbury, Monarchy Comments Off

From BBC News

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he hopes the "extraordinary" baptism of Prince George will inspire others to seek the same ceremony.

The Most Rev Justin Welby will perform the christening at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace on Wednesday.

In a YouTube film released ahead of the service, the archbishop said he hoped people would not view baptism as only for a future king or "special people".

"All babies are unbelievably special, not only royal babies," he said.

The prince, who was born on 22 July at St Mary's Hospital in London, is the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and is third in line to the throne.

His baptism, described by the Archbishop of Canterbury as "hugely important", will take place at 15:00 BST.

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The christening of Prince George: 6 things to know

October 18th, 2013 Jill Posted in Monarchy Comments Off

By Rachel Elbaum, Today News

Prince George's Oct. 23 christening, the ceremony that marks a baby’s entrance into the Church of England, will be a “small, private, personal family affair,” Kensington Palace told TODAY.com.

He doesn't realize it yet, but Prince George's Oct. 23 christening is loaded with significance for him. As Britain's future king, he would head the Church of England.

But it'll be anything but ordinary. We'll learn which six godparents the royal couple chose for their baby boy, for one, and the guest list promises to be sparkling.

Here are six things to know about the royal baby's big church debut.

1. The venue is special to Will: The Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace is not traditionally associated with royal christenings. Previous generations of royals have held the event at Buckingham Palace, where Princes Charles and William were christened in the Music Room and the queen and her sister were baptized in a private chapel that was destroyed during World War II.

“The Chapel Royal is small, intimate and has been redone in glorious fashion,” Sally Bedell Smith, author of “Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch,” told TODAY.com.

“Diana’s body was kept there until her funeral, and William spent a lot of time in St. James’s Palace after his parents split, so I think there are some historic as well as personal and sentimental reasons to hold the christening there.”

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Prince George christening date announced

September 27th, 2013 Jill Posted in Monarchy Comments Off

From BBC News

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced details of their son's christening.

Prince George will be christened on Wednesday 23 October at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, will perform the christening.

The prince, who was born on 22 July at St Mary's Hospital in London, is third in line to the throne held by his great-grandmother.

Earlier, Kensington Palace announced that a new coat of arms had been chosen to represent the duke and duchess as a married couple.

The conjugal coat of arms, approved by the Queen earlier this year, features separate shields to represent the royal husband and wife.

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Buckingham Palace lists Catholics in line of succession

August 14th, 2013 Jill Posted in Constitution, Monarchy Comments Off

By Richard Palmer, Daily Express

BUCKINGHAM Palace has listed two Roman Catholics in the line of succession in apparent contravention of the law.

Lord Nicholas Windsor, the youngest son of the Duke and Duchess of Kent and a great grandson of George V, converted to Catholicism in 2001, his Croatian wife Paola is a Catholic, and their two sons Albert and Leopold were baptised as Catholics.
 
Under the terms of the 1701 Act of Settlement Catholics are banned from succession to the throne.
 
Yet Albert, 5, and Leopold, 3, are listed as 39th and 40th in line to the throne on the Royal Family’s official website. in the new line of succession following the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son, Prince George.
 
Buckingham Palace, which spent two years insisting that the Duchess of Cambridge was not a princess before admitting that she was, has not commented on the decision to include the two young Catholics.
 
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Bones thought to be King Alfred the Great to be tested

August 10th, 2013 Jill Posted in Monarchy, News Comments Off

From UPI.com

The Church of England has given permission for testing on bones believed to be those of King Alfred the Great and his family.

Hyde900, which was set up in 2010 to mark the 900th anniversary of the founding of Hyde Abbey, Alfred's burial place, expects to start work soon, the BBC reported. Rosemary Burns, a member of the group's executive committee, said tests will include DNA, carbon dating, and isotope and oxygen testing.

Alfred, the only English king to be known as "the great," died in 899 at 50, after 28 years as king of the West Saxons. He was buried first at the Old Minster in Winchester and then, about 200 years later, his body and those of his wife and children were transferred to Hyde Abbey, north of the city.

The bones to be tested, including five skulls, were exhumed at St. Bartholomew's Church in Winchester in March. Experts say the royal remains may have been re-buried there after a prison was built on the Hyde site.

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Who Cares About the British Monarchy?

August 9th, 2013 Jill Posted in Monarchy Comments Off

By Gary Isbell, TFP

As the world delights with its first glimpse of the British Monarchy’s new heir, naturally no one is more proud and interested than the British. But they are not the only ones who care about the new Royal; Americans are running a close second. We fought a war with Britain, declared our independence and explicitly rejected all titles of aristocracy in our constitution. But now we care about who is third in line for the throne?
 
One might ask if this interest is the fruit of nurture or nature, and it certainly does not appear to be nurture, as Americans in general have not been educated to understand what a monarchy is all about. So why this profound and lively interest in the new prince?

There is something to be said for the notion that all men implicitly know that we are all equal in our essence and unequal in our accidents. It is through our accidents that men distinguish themselves from one another, and that royalty does, well…royally. Some might argue the Marxist line that all monarchs are nothing more than selfish strongmen who imposed their will upon the oppressed proletariat. While this is true of Socialist dictators, it does not match the historical record regarding most monarchies. What really characterizes a monarch is an ability to personify his people as a symbol.

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Cathedral prepares to receive King’s body

July 31st, 2013 Jill Posted in Monarchy Comments Off

From ACNS

The burial of a king is usually a significant event: full of pomp and pageantry, ritual and ceremony. And the same will be true when England buries its king in Leicester Cathedral in the coming months – despite the fact that the king in question, Richard III, died more than 500 years ago and that his first burial in what was then the church of the Greyfriars' monastery was anything-but ceremonial.
 
History records Richard III as a child-killing despot; but his reputation as the killer of the "Princes in the Tower" has more to do with rumour, gossip and Shakespeare than any accurate historical account.

His two-year reign came during a turbulent period in English history. When Edward IV died in 1483, his 12-year-old son should have inherited the throne as Edward V. In view of the young king's age, Richard was named Lord Protector. He moved the young king to the Tower of London, which was a royal palace as well as a prison, along with Edward V's younger brother, also called Richard.

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Confidence in British monarchy at all-time high, poll shows

July 28th, 2013 Jill Posted in Monarchy Comments Off

By Patrick Hennessy, Telegraph

Three quarters of people believe that the newborn Prince George will one day accede to the throne to which he is third in line, the ComRes survey for The Sunday Telegraph found.

Just 9 per cent of those questioned think that he will not become king because Britain will have become a republic — whereas a poll in 2011 found that a quarter of people expected a republic to emerge within 50 years.

Even among 18 to 24-year-olds, the age group most likely to hold republican views, today’s poll shows a solid 69 per cent believe that Prince George will one day become king.

The poll suggests that the majority of the country sees no benefit in republicanism, with some two thirds of those polled (66 per cent) thinking that Britain is better off as a monarchy.

Only 17 per cent wanted a republic instead.

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David Cameron thanks the Queen for giving her assent to gay marriage bill

July 25th, 2013 Jill Posted in Gay Marriage, Monarchy Comments Off

By Tim Walker, Telegraph

David Cameron told gay people at a Downing Street reception at that he planned to thank the Queen 'personally' for giving her assent to the same-sex marriage bill.

Although the Queen could hardly not have given her assent to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, David Cameron promised guests at a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender reception in Downing Street on Wednesday that he intended to thank her “personally” for signing it at his audience with her that evening.

“I had a constituent with a straight son and a gay daughter come to see me and she said how delighted she was that she would now be able to attend both their weddings,” the Prime Minister said on the day that the Act became law.

MPs including the Conservatives Greg Barker and Crispin Blunt heard Cameron praise Peter Tatchell, who has been campaigning for the law to be changed since 1992, but the gay rights activist was conspicuous by his absence.

Tatchell tells Mandrake that he believes his invitation to the event was “vetoed”, but then Tony Blair and Gordon Brown never had him to an LGBT event at No 10, either.

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Shut up, royal baby haters. Monarchy is awesome.

July 25th, 2013 Jill Posted in Constitution, Monarchy Comments Off

By Dylan Mattews, Washington Post (Hat Tip: David Lindsay)

The British monarchy is, like all monarchies, a deeply, deeply silly institution. It should be mocked mercilessly and frequently. But should it be abolished?
 
That what the 15 percent to 20 percent of Britons who support becoming a republic with an elected head of state want. And a lot of Americans, Gawker’s resident polemicist Hamilton Nolan among them, share the antipathy. The Guardian has helpfully developed a filter for its republican (in the British sense) readers to filter out any unseemly coverage of the Royal Baby; see the top right corner here.
 
Are they right? Is the British monarchy “a grotesque relic of a less civilized time,” as Nolan alleges? Should the Royal Baby’s entire extended family be sent to the guillotine for treason to the principles of the revolution?
 
No. In fact, the U.S. should probably get itself a king or queen. Or prince or princess, if we want to kick it like Monaco. Or duke or duchess, if we want to be like Luxembourg — see, even the titles are fantastic! Monarchs are awesome, and constitutional monarchy is, at worst, fully compatible with representative democracy, and, at best, makes representative democracy stronger.
 
[...]  The key to monarchs’ success is that they’re totally illegitimate. The people wouldn’t stand for Queen Elizabeth exercising real political power just because of who her father was. That’s a powerful deterrent that prevents monarchs from meddling in political affairs. The result is that in all but very rare cases, prime ministers in monarchies are never thrown out of office except when they call elections or when they receive a vote of no confidence in parliament. The head of state can’t touch them.

That constraint is not present for presidents. And sure enough, presidents meddle in the affairs of the state with greater regularity than do monarchs.

 
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The Royal baby symbolizes the great, civilized, traditions of Christian marriage

July 23rd, 2013 Jill Posted in Marriage, Monarchy Comments Off

By Joanna Bogle, MercatorNet

So it’s a boy, which is rather a relief. I was ready to get all cross and annoyed at the large amounts of pomposity that were to be expended on talking about sex-equality and why the deep-rooted heritage of centuries should be twisted and mangled to ensure that male primogeniture should cease.

A boy, a prince, and a future king – born just a year short of a century after the Great War which toppled thrones across Europe and ushered in an era of social change on large scale. No prince born in Europe in 1913 could have envisaged the way things were going to be as he grew up. Today’s baby prince will have a future we cannot possibly know or predict.

Just as well, because the Britain into which he has been born is one with enough challenges. He is unusual, and greatly blessed, in having two parents who are married to each other. Marriage – that is, true marriage, a man and a woman united for a lifetime – is becoming a minority lifestyle in today’s Britain, and the consequences of this are miserable for the many children who are forced to grow up amid a confusing set of adults all busy with their own desires and relationships. A typical childhood in modern Britain involves being born to unmarried parents, then one of the parents marrying, then that marriage breaking up, then a new relationship being formed…and may well also include grandparents divorcing, and the arrival of various odd quasi-uncles and aunts as sundry relations produce live-in partners at various Christmases and family events…

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Prayer for the Royal baby

July 22nd, 2013 Jill Posted in Monarchy, Prayer Comments Off

From The Church of England website

God our Creator,

who knows each of us by name

and loves us from all eternity:

we give you thanks for new life and human love.

Bless William and Catherine

as they welcome their son into the world.

Give them patience and wisdom

to cherish and love him as he grows.

Surround the family with the light of hope and the warmth of your love today and always; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.
 

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Royal baby girl’s right of succession would face Commonwealth obstacles

July 22nd, 2013 Jill Posted in Monarchy Comments Off

by Caroline Davies, Guardian

Doubts over whether all 15 countries with the Queen as head of state would change their laws on primogeniture

Parliament intends that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first child – regardless of gender – will succeed to the crown. But not all the i's are dotted or the t's crossed. And until they are, a question mark, hypothetically at least, remains.
 
The Succession to the Crown Act 2013, which provides that a first-born daughter will become queen even if a younger brother is subsequently born, will not come into force until all 15 other Commonwealth countries of which the Queen is head of state have also made changes to their laws. Until they do, technically it would be possible for a daughter to become queen of England, but a younger brother to become, say, king of Canada.
 
Robert Hazell, director of the constitution unit at University College London, said: "The fear is that if all the realms do not make the change then, at some future point the line of succession could divide."
 
It happened in the Victorian era. "We borrowed the Hanoverian dynasty and they were, for a century, kings of Britain and electors of Hanover. But when the line of succession in Britain came down to Queen Victoria, that joint monarchy was broken because Hanover still observed Salic law and could not have a female monarch. I can't tell you who the elector of Hanover was, but it wasn't Queen Victoria," said Hazell.
 
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