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We rejoice in the birth of our Little Prince - George Louis Alexander of Wales. In a French periodical it is pronounced that, according to an opinion poll, a quarter of the English people believe that his grandmother, Princess Diana, died as a result of a plot.1) That is certainly rot.
2) The young lady's personal life was intolerably complicated by the attentions of the media from the day her engagement was announced.
It can only be hoped that little Prince George is spared such attention and can get on, fulfilling his destiny.
Republicanism is some nations' choice. The Yanks, the Frogs, the Huns, the Irish Free State, many others, choose, every so often, to elect a Head of Sate, often more or less unsatisfactory. At least we British are spared that responsibility. Politicians come and go, they play their little part but can be changed. How lucky we are to have the House of Windsor-Mountbatten! But what a life sentence it is for those born to it......and how fortunate we are with those we have.
This is no sinecure. From our dear Queen down, the Firm is committed, day in, day out, to be on show. O K, they live in privileged conditions, but, by Golly, they deserve to.
They interest themselves in innumerable charities and worthwhile projects to which they give a lead and encouragement. The man in the street who follows is proud to have their support. Did it start with Prince Albert, the Prince Consort, and the Great Exhibition, or well before, when Farmer George the Third was encouraging agricultural progress - no matter, the range of activities supported today is legion.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme helps countless young people develop and maintain interests. The Prince's Trust offers character building opportunities, and these are just two examples. Talk to anyone with personal experience, from a seconded Merchant Banker raising money for Inner City development to a Lord Lieutenant meeting individual members on out of town visits to country areas - all speak highly of their personal interest and how seriously well informed they are. They are strikingly talented too.
The Princess Royal is an equestrian Olympic Gold Medalist, Prince Charles a distinguished Polo player, Prince Philip sailed with Uffa Fox, and at the same time speaks and writes thoughtfully on so much of topical,interest; in 'Men, Machines and Sacred Cows', of the World Wildlife Fund and the British Association for the Advancement of Science, to name just two. Today the young princes pilot helicopters, alongside performing public ceremonial duties with dignity.
Young Harry walking with grievously disabled ex-Servicemen to the North Pole is an example to all. If he enjoys himself like Shakespeare's Prince Hal with Falstaff, he shows his ancestor's, Henry V's serious side too.
There is a lot to be said for our Monarchy!