Comments on: The royals on tour http://blogs.reuters.com/uknews/2009/11/03/the-relevance-of-the-royal-family/ Insights from the UK and beyond Tue, 15 Nov 2016 20:30:03 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Casper http://blogs.reuters.com/uknews/2009/11/03/the-relevance-of-the-royal-family/comment-page-1/#comment-13318 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 07:33:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/uknews/?p=4736#comment-13318 I am not a great fan of monarchies and kingdoms, period, they increase tax burdens and disempower voters.

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By: Sybil G. Ahearne http://blogs.reuters.com/uknews/2009/11/03/the-relevance-of-the-royal-family/comment-page-1/#comment-13029 Sun, 08 Nov 2009 02:04:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/uknews/?p=4736#comment-13029 I like the Royals and all the pomp and ceremony.
I can’t believe that I missed seeing Prince Charles and Camilla in Victoria, BC yesterday!!
sga in BC

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By: Andrew in Cambridge http://blogs.reuters.com/uknews/2009/11/03/the-relevance-of-the-royal-family/comment-page-1/#comment-12831 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 00:03:42 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/uknews/?p=4736#comment-12831 Why do the Canadian writers have it in for Chuck and Cams? Surely, they are most comic than revolting. So far as I know, Chuck has never commented on Canadian architecture — for which Canada should be greatful. As for the rest of the royals, why are any of them any better than C&C? The UK should be broken apart into its four constituent countries; the royals should be treated like everyone else — as they are in the Benelux and Scandinavian countries — an in fact should be grateful not to be sent back to Hanover. All the pomp and silliness is not good for anyone. And while we’re at it, let’s get the judges and lawyers out of their costume drama and into proper adult clothing.

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By: Peter H http://blogs.reuters.com/uknews/2009/11/03/the-relevance-of-the-royal-family/comment-page-1/#comment-12807 Wed, 04 Nov 2009 08:55:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/uknews/?p=4736#comment-12807 I’m sure it’s not the locals, but Charles and Camilla who are revolting.

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By: Ena Currie http://blogs.reuters.com/uknews/2009/11/03/the-relevance-of-the-royal-family/comment-page-1/#comment-12796 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 17:12:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/uknews/?p=4736#comment-12796 The visit of Charles and Camilla to Canada might give some die-hard royalists a brief interlude to bask in royal-inspired sunshine, but for the rest of us who want to grow up, the weather is chilly, well on the way to icy conditions, when those unfamiliar with the climate should stay home and keep warm.

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By: Canuckella http://blogs.reuters.com/uknews/2009/11/03/the-relevance-of-the-royal-family/comment-page-1/#comment-12795 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 15:26:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/uknews/?p=4736#comment-12795 Queen Elizabeth came to our neighbourhood in Ottawa when I was a high school student. We got the afternoon off school to join in the festivities. So that visit had a huge point for me … the same way snow days and teacher pd days always did … the joy of an unexpected day off with nothing much to do!

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By: Mary Swithins http://blogs.reuters.com/uknews/2009/11/03/the-relevance-of-the-royal-family/comment-page-1/#comment-12789 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 13:35:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/uknews/?p=4736#comment-12789 I well remember the buzz in Canada when I was a child of the first visit of the Queen Mother back in 1939. How times have changed. At the time it was a symbol of Canada’s increasing role on the world stage as an independent nation, first truly acknowledged after the country’s contribution to WWI. I think the shame that Charles and Camilla have brought on the royal family have reduced the status of the constitutional monarchy, but it is still an important aspect of democracy to have a figurehead at the top to do all the bottle smashing and official openings and greeting of foreign visitors. Imagine if it were Prime Minister Stephen Harper!

The problem with the U.S. is that the president does it all and that makes it political. At least with the monarchy, such events have a bit of class and distance from the daily grind of left, right, centre politics, etc.

Vive la roi!

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By: Gerald http://blogs.reuters.com/uknews/2009/11/03/the-relevance-of-the-royal-family/comment-page-1/#comment-12788 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 13:30:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/uknews/?p=4736#comment-12788 Fergie certainly made a splash with her mane of red hair when she and Prince Andrew visited in the 1980s — I believe it was for the Queen’s Plate.

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By: June http://blogs.reuters.com/uknews/2009/11/03/the-relevance-of-the-royal-family/comment-page-1/#comment-12787 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 13:29:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/uknews/?p=4736#comment-12787 It depends which royals visit. I think eyebrows are being raised because the visitors are Charles and Camilla, and all that the pair signifies — or doesn’t signify. When the Queen, the late Queen Mother, Princess Diana and the princes visited, I am sure locals were more receptive.

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