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from John Lloyd:

If Prince Charles becomes King Charles, will his kingdom leave him?

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla arrive for the second day of the Royal Ascot horse racing festival at Ascot, southern England

Could Prince Charles finally get his crown? And if he does, could it mean the end of the United Kingdom?

Abdication in favor of the younger generation seems to be something of a trend in Europe -- if two cases can be considered a trend. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated last year so that her son, Willem-Alexander, could bring some youth and vitality to the largely ceremonial role.

More recently, King Juan Carlos, widely credited with having assisted the end of the Franco dictatorship in Spain in 1975 and with puncturing a rather feeble coup attempt in 1981, vacated the throne in favor of his son, Felipe. The announcement was followed by large demonstrations calling for an end to the monarchy entirely, with Cayo Lara, leader of the United Left Coalition, quoted as saying, "We are not subjects, we are citizens."

And that’s the problem. While individual monarchs may be popular in Europe, monarchy is something else.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Class, get out your rulers…

Blog Guy, I've heard that the British Royal Family isn't very well educated. That's hard to believe, what with being the land of Shakespeare and everything.

Well, it turns out that when you spend all day changing into different costumes and hats and jewelry and stuff, your education can be neglected.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Armored combat for the golden prize…

Blog Guy, everybody knows you've campaigned against bullfighting and other forms of animal cruelty. It's safe to say that any event involving animal combat is inhumane, right?

Pretty much, yeah...

Pretty much? What does that mean?

Well, I must admit that now and then I fly over to Singapore to watch the Giant Tortoise Carrot Fights.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

‘Tis the season to be Charlie….

Blog Guy, you used to give us a lot more news about what those British people are up to, what with the royal wedding and everything. How about an update?

Well, they're up to their knickers in celebrating Christmas now, of course, and they...

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Staying longer with a monger?

Blog Guy, it seemed to me that Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, really had to do some silly stuff on their long trip to Canada.

I mean, cowboy hats, a stagecoach, canoes, stuff like that.

Don't worry about William and Catherine. At least they managed to avoid visiting fishmongers, which is the worst royal duty there is.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

I guess it must be Sunday again?

Lamar, come to my office for a minute.

Yeah Boss?

What's this big stack of goofy photos I found in the wastebasket?

That's just overflow, Boss. You know, we bought 'em for the blog but then the writers couldn't come up with anything clever.

So it's the fault of the writers?

Of course, Boss. Isn't everything?

Lamar, we can't afford this kind of waste! What have I told you to do with leftover goofy photos?

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Let me regalia with a story…

Needless to say, we're very excited about the big unveiling, Lamar. We hired you to design military uniforms for our newly independent country because of your reputation.

As the very best?

No, as the very cheapest. So let's see what you've come up with.

Wow! I LOVE it! Braid, epaulets, sashes, brass buckles, kilts, spats, doodads, frippery, geegaws...

from Royal Wedding Diary:

Can cops stop royal wedding trouble?

OUKTP-UK-BRITAIN-RIOT-CUNNINGWill Prince William and Kate Middleton's big day be overshadowed by a minority of protesters smashing up central London and attacking police?

That's the fear of ministers and senior officers after a few hundred anarchists broke off from a mass march by unions through central London at the weekend and smashed the front of shops, banks, and the exclusive Ritz hotel among others.

from Fan Fare:

Parents cashing in on royal couple?

Royals8.jpgThe parents of Prince William and Kate Middleton have not missed the marketing opportunity their children's upcoming royal wedding presents.

Middleton's family, which runs a party paraphernalia company called Party Pieces, has begun stocking regal trivia cards with crowns to scratch off and retailing at 3.99 pounds for a pack of 10. The cards, added to a range of products on offer for street parties -- expected to be held up and down the country on the day of the wedding -- have left the Middletons open to criticism that they are tastelessly cashing in on their daughter's marriage to the second in line to the throne.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

You could almost pass for Prince Charles!

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Ma, you wanted to see me?

Did you say MA? That is how you refer to the Queen of England now?

Sorry Ma, I meant Your Royal Highness, you wanted to see me?

Yes. We are very displeased! We have seen a popular blog using photos of you looking, how shall one describe it, GOOFY!

frame charles 340Yeah, Your Royal Highness, whenever I make a goofy face, they put me in that blog. I don't even have to pay for it!

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