Friday, August 11, 2017

Will Elizabeth have to obey Philip?

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 August 11, 1947

The British Government is facing a tough decision.  Will they decide to allow Princess Elizabeth to promise to 'obey'  Lt. Philip Mountbatten , when they marry in November at Westminster Abbey,  reports the Associated Press.

The report is based on an article in today's London Star.

A Church of England bishop has sent to to the Princess, as a gift, two prayer books containing the marriage service.  One of the services omits the word 'obey.' while the older service binds "even a Queen to mind her husband."

Princess Elizabeth will be able to compare the two services, but there is a snag.  The service that includes 'obey' is the only service  with Parliamentary approval.

In 1929, Parliament "turned down the revised prayer book," but it has come into "wide use."

Ferdinand to send daughter to USA

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 August 11, 1917

Princess Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Marie of Romania,  will becoming to America, reports the Washington Post.

The princess is expected to arrive in the middle of November, and "will land at a Pacific port," as she is coming by way of Russia.

Word about the trip comes from the "famous actress," Lois Fuller, who has been in the "United States some months on a special mission for Queen Marie."

Princess Elizabeth will celebrate her 23rd birthday in October.  She is the second child of King Ferdinand and Queen Marie. Her elder brother, Carol, is the Crown Prince.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

No, No, No - the Queen is not bypassing Charles.

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Julia Birkinbine, who "writes" for Closer magazine  ... and I use the word magazine rather loosely, has new headbanger today.   I also question if Julia is an actual writer or a hairball specialist.   She does not deserve to be called a writer. Shame on this twat.


Dear not-so-bright Julia,

Your story is full of merde.   I cannot believe that your editor  --- do you have an educated editor -- allowed this piece of trash  (flapdoodle) to go on the website.  You should have verified the Life & Style article.  It would have been easy.  Everyone one knows Life & Style and Closer magazines should never be treated seriously.

Oh, wait .. Closer is a rag, not a real magazine.  You made this up ... on the loo or perhaps having a cup of tea?

Listen to an expert .. and trust me, I know what I am talking about?  You apparently don't.

Queen Elizabeth II cannot change the succession to the throne.   Succession to the throne is based on legislation.  Parliament legislates.  The Queen signs the legislation into law.

In 2013, Parliament passed the Succession to the Crown Act, which made a few changes to the Act of Settlement (1701).  The new succession law is gender equal, meaning the first born is heir apparent, regardless of sex, rather than boys before girls (which of course was never a part of the Act of Settlement.  Male line primogeniture in the UK was based on tradition, rather than law.

The new law supersedes the Royal Marriages Act, which means only the first six line to the throne need the permission of the sovereign to marry.

According to the 1931 Act of Westminster, "any alteration in the law touching the Succession to the Throne or the Royal Style and Titles shall hereafter require the assent as well of the Parliaments of all the Dominions as of the Parliament of the United Kingdom."

All of the countries would have to approve or pass legislation:  Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, The Bahamas, Tuvalu and the United Kingdom.

Julia, darling, you might want to get on your phone and "Get me rewrite!" because you need to rewrite your article with the facts.  I can do it for you, if you like.

"What a royal family shake-up!  Not!  Queen Elizabeth has not named her beloved grandson Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, the next King and Queen of England, because she does not have the power to do so.  She also knows she is not Queen of England, but Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland plus 15 other countries.  Don't believe anything according to Life & Style magazine. Fortunately, this means the Queen's eldest son, Prince Charles, has not  been skipped over in the British monarchy's line of succession.

Note to Julia:  William's official title is the Duke of Cambridge.  His wife is the Duchess of Cambridge.  Not Kate Middleton. 

"Her Majesty realized that William and Kate are the future  after Charles. She has spent 65 years making sure that the House of Windsor survives, and she is concerned that William and Kate as having the energy and star quality to do the job in a modern world. Queen Elizabeth will always do what is best for the long-term health of the monarchy," a palace insider recently told the entertainment news magazine, but this palace insider is probably not an insider at all, let alone someone who knows about the monarchy.

"With all the drama that has surrounded the royal family over recent decades, Elizabeth realizes the monarchy no longer has the respect and power it once had," another source said. "In her eyes, William and Kate are not ready at present to be the  two people who can turn that around."

Sadly, the 91-year-old Queen's  non decision to pass the crown (because she does not have that power) on to William, 35, instead of Charles, 68, has had no effect on Will's relationship with his dad. "Things have been a bit strained between William and his father since the Queen’s decision.    The Queen has not made any decision about the succession, as it is not her job. Only Parliament can pass legislation.

"But they are slowly getting used to doing actual royal duties." the royal insider revealed.

 Interestingly, Charles' wife of 12 years,  the Duchess of Cornwall  isn't upset by her mother-in-law's big news.  Of course she is not upset because the Queen has not made this news ....   Lies, false story.

"She’s secretly thrilled about the Queen’s decision. At 70, she’s had enough drama to last her a lifetime. [But], it’s hard on Charles. He has been unlucky as the man with the longest wait for a job ever," royal author Duncan Larcombe told Life & Style.

Mr. Larcombe is the former royal editor at the Sun newspaper and has written a book on Prince Harry.  Surely, former royal editors at the Sun know  about royalty, let alone their history and how their government works.   Surely, Mr Larcombe knows how a bill becomes a law.  

May I recommend giving up your day job.  You have no concept of fact checking or appreciating Who, What, Where, How and Why?  You are a terrible journalist.

You must have received your J Degree from Trump University.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Prince Henrik opens his mouth ... again

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Dear Prince Henrik,

Please shut up.  You need medication for your chronic Foot in Mouth disease.

You cannot be king.  You are not the sovereign.

Do you not understand how the Danish monarchy works?  Do you not know that your wife is the Head of State?

Have you  read the Danish Constitution?

Denmark is a Kingdom.   The King is the head of state.  Please note the use of the word King.

"1. This Constitution Act shall apply to all parts of the Kingdom of Denmark.

2. The form of government shall be that of a constitutional monarchy. The Royal Power shall be inherited by men and women in accordance with the provisions of the Succession to the Throne Act, 27th March, 1953.

3. The legislative power shall be vested in the King and the Folketing conjointly. The executive power shall be vested in the King. The judicial power shall be vested in the courts of justice."

Here is the original Danish:   Kongen is used throughout the Constitution.  King.   Succession is gender equal, but the Sovereign is the King (although a female King is styled as Queen.)

§ 1
Denne grundlov gælder for alle dele af Danmarks Rige.

§ 2
Regeringsformen er indskrænket-monarkisk. Kongemagten nedarves til mænd og kvinder efter de i tronfølgeloven af 27. marts 1953 fastsatte regler.

§ 3
Den lovgivende magt er hos kongen og folketinget i forening. Den udøvende magt er hos kongen. Den dømmende magt er hos domstolene.

In other words, Henrik.  Your wife is the King of Denmark.    You cannot be king at all. Get over it.   It a fit of pique, you renounced the title of Prince Consort after your decision to retire from public duties.

Se and Hor, a Danish magazine, has scored an exclusive interview with the petulant Henrik at his estate in Cayx, France.   You would hope he has learned from the embarrassment of his recent comments?   Sadly, there is no hope.

His affliction is far worse than foot in mouth disease.  More like diarrhea of the mouth.

Henrik, 83, told the reporter that it is his wife "who makes me look like a fool.  I
 I have not married the Queen to be buried in Roskilde."  

"My wife has decided she wants to be queen and I am very happy. But as a human being, she must know that if a husband and wife are married, they are equal."  

Oh, Lord, what fool this mortal be!  (Paraphrasing Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream.)  Oh, Henrik!    Someone needs to explain to you that your wife did not decide to be Queen.  In 1953,  Denmark moved from Salic law to first born son, but girls were also given the right to succeed.  As King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid were the parents of three daughters, Margrethe became the heir to the throne.   Succession to the Danish throne is now gender equal, meaning the first born child is the heir/ess apparent.

Henrik,  you married the heir to the throne.  Yes, in your marriage, you may be equal, but your wife is the Head of State (since 1972, when King Frederik IX died).   This role is outside the marriage.  This is her job.  Not your job.     The spouse of the head of state does not have a constitutional role. Period.  Your role as the spouse of the Head of State is to support her in her duties.  There can be no equality between the Head of State and the spouse.   But when you are behind closed doors -- and living as a family --- then, perhaps, there can be equality in the actual marriage.   This can involved decisions about raising your children for example.   

You claim Margrethe does not give you respect that you believe you deserve?   What about respecting her very difficult position as Head of State?   Your role is to support her in her duties as Head of State.  That's how it works.  Yes. it must be difficult - and it takes a strong, dedicated, non-whiny person who understands this.  You get to wear the pants when the doors are closed.   Your wife is the Sovereign, the King, who is styled Queen.  

Although Henrik states that Margrethe does not respect him, he does not doubt his wife's love.  

"Yes, we love each other," he told the reporter.   He also said:   "If she  wants to have me buried next to her, she must make me a king-consort. That's it."  

Queen Margrethe II is scheduled to arrive at Cayx later today, to join her husband for a two week holiday.   Oh, to be the fly on the wall.

I think it is time for you to stay at your home in France.

The palace press office will not offer comment on Henrik's latest outburst.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Prince Philip of Serbia's wedding

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Belgrade, 4 August 2017 – His Royal Highness Prince Philip and Miss Danica Marinkovic wedding will take place in the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel (“Saborna crkva”) in Belgrade, Serbia, on Saturday, 7 October 2017.
The wedding will be officiated by the Serbian Patriarch His Holiness Irinej.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Another nail in the coffin for Prince Henrik

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Prince Henrik, the outspoken and insecure consort of Queen Margrethe II, has done it again.

Earlier today, the Palace issued a statement regarding Henrik's burial wish.  He does not wish to be buried in Roskilde Cathedral with his wife because he isn't king.

The French-born Henrik, 83,  retired  from official duties in 2016.  This announcement was made by Queen Margrethe II in a speech on December 31, 2015.  His retirement was effective from January 1, 2016.   Four and a half months later, on April 16,  Henrik renounced his title of Prince Consort, which he had received in 2006.

I am going to say this straight out:  Prince Henrik is a pompous and petulant old man with little regard or appreciation for his wife, who happens to be the Sovereign, the head of state, of Denmark, or his son, Crown Prince Frederik, the heir apparent.

In 2002,  Henrik had a temper tantrum and decided to leave Denmark and spend a few weeks at the family home in Caix, France.  The reason for his foot-stamping exit was due to the fact that Crown Prince Frederik was named as host of the annual New Year's Day reception in place of Queen Margrethe, who was unable to attend.

Henrik was furious that his son was asked to step in for the Queen.  Henrik felt that he, the consort, should have been the one.   He probably ordered his bags to be packed,  got a plane ticket and flew to France to sulk and drown his sorrows with a bottle of good wine from his estate.

After his return to Denmark in the middle of February,  Henrik said he "pushed aside, degraded and humiliated", and he had lost his  self-respect.

"For many years I have been Denmark's number two," he said. "I've been satisfied with that role, but I don't want to be relegated to number three after so many years."

Dude:  your son is the heir to the throne. You are not the star of the show.   Your wife is the Head of State.  She is the one with constitutional.  The spouse of the sovereign has no constitutional role, so regardless of the title, the spouse of the Sovereign will not have the same rank, position or role.  Got it.

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 "The royal house has today announced that his Royal Highness Prince Henrik does not want to be buried in Roskilde Cathedral, as it has otherwise been planned.

The Prince's decision implies that the Prince will not lie next to her Majesty Queen under the sarcophagus that Professor and sculptor Bjørn Nørgaard has prepared.

The Queen has for some time been familiar with the decision of the Royal Highness and agrees with the decision. The Prince's decision does not change the Queen's funeral plans.

It has been promoted in the media that the Prince wants to be buried in France. This is not correct. The prince still wishes to be buried in Denmark, but the circumstances are not yet in place. "

Seriously, Henrik,  do you dislike your wife so much that you do not wish to be buried with her because you cannot have the title king?  Time to stop the petulance.   Take a look across the North Sea to the United Kingdom, and how the Duke of Edinburgh, consort of Queen Elizabeth II, has handled being a Prince without the official title of Prince Consort.  Did you follow the news yesterday of the dignified retirement.    Talk about service to one's country and one's sovereign.  Of course, in precedence, the Duke of Edinburgh has precedence over his son, the Prince of Wales.  He does not have temper tantrums when the Prince of Wales has filled in for the Queen.  Why?  Charles is the heir apparent.  It is called learning the job.

Lene Balleby, the Danish royal house's communication manager, spoke to the Danish newspaper, BT, about Henrik's decision.

It is true that Prince Henrik has decided that he will not be buried in Roskilde Cathedral as planned.  It's no secret that for many years the prince has been dissatisfied with his role and the title he has received in the Danish monarchy.  The dissatisfaction has increased in recent years.  For the prince, the decision to not be buried beside the queen is the natural consequence of not have been treated equally in relation to his spouse -- not having the title and function he desires."

In other words, Prince Henrik believes he does not believe he should be with the queen in death when he has not been a king in life.

Balleby added:  "The Prince loves Denmark and has worked for Denmark for more than 50 years.  Therefore, the prince will also be buried in Denmark, but the plans for his burial are not yet in place.  Queen Margrethe has known for a long time about the the prince's decision and agrees with it.

"Of course, it's a decision that the queen probably did not like, but she has known about it for a long time, so the news has not come as a surprise.  The announcement does not meant that their vacation plans in France have changed."

Balleby also reiterated that Margrethe and Henrik are not getting a divorce, or that she plans to abdicate because of Henrik's "far-reaching decision."

"This has no consequence for the Queen's work," said Balleby.

The palace spokesman also responded to a question on why Henrik's wishes were not granted.  "Prince Henrik has his own court, but in terms of the title issue, we chose to the follow the European tradition that has been applicable in England and the Netherlands.   The couple's professional activities and their marriage are two different things."

Good spin, but I think Henrik's decision is yet another knife in the Queen's heart.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Duke of Edinburgh's final official engagement

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22,219 official engagements: The Duke of Edinburgh retires today

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"He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years."

This statement was made by Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her 50th wedding anniversary to Prince Philip.

Today, after more than 65 years of public engagements, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, Baron Greenwich, at age 96, is retiring from royal engagements.

Later today at Buckingham Palace, the Duke will attend attend a parade of Royal Marines.  He will also meet servicemen who took part in a 1,664 mile race to raise money for the Royal Marine's Charity.

The first meeting between the handsome young prince and the heiress presumptive to the throne is usually said to be the summer of 1939 when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by their two young daughters, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, paid a visit to Dartmouth College.

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The naval cadets were scheduled to join the royal family at services at the college, but several were sick, due to mumps and chicken pox.    Thus, another naval cadet. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, was allegedly roped in to entertain the young princesses.

In his biography of Philip, Basil Boothroyd notes that there are different views of this meeting.  One said "they had a glorious time."  Another noted that Princess Elizabeth kept asking: "When are we going home?"   Philip did suggest a game of croquet or a game of tennis, and allegedly "showed off by jumping over the net."

Elizabeth responded: "How good he is! How high can he jump!"  Or "can we go home."

But this was not the first meeting  between the third cousins.  Elizabeth and Philip most certainly met in 1934 at the wedding of Elizabeth's uncle, Prince George, Duke of Kent, to Philip's first cousin, Princess Marina of Greece and and Denmark.   They also shared the same circle of childhood friends:  Patricia and Pamela Mountbatten,  David, the Earl of Medina, and  Alex, Georgina and Myra Wernher.  

Alex was very much the older brother to Philip, and his sister, Gina, was one of the Queen's lifelong friends.

 During the war, Prince Philip visited Windsor Castle on numerous occasions.

The American-born Sir Henry "Chips Channon was in Athens in January 1941 at the same time as the young Prince Philip, who was on leave from the HMS Valiant.   Chips, who was married to Lady Honor Guinness,  had been meeting with Philip's aunt,  Princess Nicholas of Greece (mother of Marina).  It seems they have been discussing Philip's future marriage.   In his diary,  which was published after his death in 1967,  Chips confided: "He is to be our Prince Consort and that is why he is serving in our Navy."

In 1944, he wrote:  "I do believe that a marriage may well be arranged one day between Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip."   During a visit to Coppins, the home of the widowed Duchess of Kent,  Chips noticed that Philip was a frequent visitor as his name appeared numerous times in the guest book.

Chips believed that Philip and Elizabeth often met at Coppins.  Philip was "infuriated" that Chips was spreading such rumors.  He insists that a marriage with Elizabeth did not cross his mind until 1946.

Another American princess in waiting?

While the tabloid media focuses on American actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, another American woman could become the wife of the second in line to the Liechtenstein throne.

Although I know the name of the young woman -- she is about 22 -- I am not publishing (yet) here on Royal Musings because she and Prince Joseph-Wenzel have not gone public even though they have been dating for  some time.

The young woman is a Jersey girl, from the shore, as her family lives in Long Branch, New Jersey.   Her father owns several local businesses.

She attended Kent School, a private boarding school in Connecticut before heading to Washington, D.C. where she was a student at George Washington University.  She graduated in 2017.

During the summer of 2015, she had an internship at the Embassy of Liechtenstein in Washington. D.C.

She now lives in Vienna, where she is a student at the University of Vienna.

In the last 24 hours, the young woman has closed her Instagram account (which was private), her LinkedIn account (Austria) and her telephone listing in the Austrian telephone directory.

All of this information comes from publically available sources.

Prince Joseph-Wenzel of Liechtenstein was born on May 24, 1995 in London, the first of four children of HSH Prince Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein, and HRH Duchess Sophie in Bavaria.

He attended Malvern College, a British boarding school, in 2014.  He spent his gap year, gaining work experience in the United States and South America.  He began his university studies in the fall of 2015, concentrating on legal studies.   A MBA may also be in his future.

Liechtenstein may be a tiny principality, nestled in the Alps between Switzerland and Austria, but it is a wealthy country - and the Prince of Liechtenstein is one of the wealthiest of royals.  His family owns a bank and an impressive art collection.

Don't expect an engagement any time soon.  Both Prince Wenzel and his Jersey girl (hey, I can say this because I am a Jersey girl) are at university.  It is telling that the young woman has moved to Vienna as the Princely family still owns property in Austria.

Vaduz has no airport or train station.  It is about an 7-8 hour train ride to Feldkirch, Austria -- the border crossing point - where one catches a bus into Liechtenstein.   The most convenient is to fly from Vienna to Zurich, then drive to Vaduz, which is less than 2 hours away.

At some point,  the young woman's name will appear in magazines and newspapers ... if an engagement is announced -- and I think this will not happen in the next few months.    Will she be in Vaduz for Liechtenstein's National Day on August 15th?

Time will tell!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Day 7 Victoria's birthday celebration at Solliden

July 15, 2017.  Victoria's birthday celebration at Solliden castle, the royal family's summer home on Öland.   For the first time ever,  guests had to go through a bag check before entering the grounds.      The King and Queen and Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar came out at 11 am.  The crowd was at least six deep.  It took the Crown Princess about 2 hours to make her way through both sides, greeting people, accepting presents, and posing for selfies.  Estelle and Oscar posed for photos, greeted a few people before deciding they wanted to go inside.   

I did speak with the Crown Princess about this being my first visit to Sweden.  I also spoke with the King and Queen, mentioning that we met in Serbia in 2004 for Crown Prince Alexander's 60th birthday.   I said that I had let the King cut in front of me in the dessert line, and His Majesty then asked me what should he choose:  I answered: always go with chocolate.

Carl Philp's dog Siri

I believe the other dog is Princess Madeleine's dog

Same band that played before the concert

the three photos of the King and Queen and I were taken by Dutch photograher Patrick van Katwijk