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Mar. 16th, 2017

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The Mail has been actively disapproving of Prince William for several days now. Look at him dad-dancing when he should have been on church parade with the rest of his relations! One of the hacks to whom it had given the job of hatcheting him likened him to Bertie- Queen Victoria's eldest son, the horse-fancying, big-dinner eating, brothel-creeping national embarrassment who- according to royal legend- broke his papa's heart by losing his virginity to an actress. Selfish! Workshy! No sense of duty!. What got overlooked was the inconvenient fact that Bertie eventually morphed into Edward VII- "Edward the Peacemaker"- the most effective monarch of the modern era.

When the Queen dies the insitution of monarchy is bound to change. None of her children or grandchildren seems to have inherited her talent for self-effacement.  Charles is colourful- and highly unlikely to shift into black and white when he moves up a grade.  More probably- unless he's sat on very hard- he'll treat the throne as a bully pulpit. William is oddly colourless but seems to have democratic instincts- I can see him peeling off the gloves and wheeling out the bicycles- but who knows...

The Guardian has a long, deeply researched article this morning about the plans that are in place for dealing with the Queen's demise and Charles's accession. Everyone will be going on about it being the end of an era and so that's how we'll experience it. It's going to be grim; two weeks of solemn music and people shuffling about dressed as playing cards while the resident Dimblebody intones.  The nation will be in a deep blue mood shot through with threads of gold- and because we're all members one of another there'll be no escaping it- not even if one were to take the wings of the morning and abide in the uttermost part of the sea....

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