Charles, 60, not in charge

In a new photographic portrait commissioned for his birthday, Prince Charles looks relaxed and - dare we say it? - even happy in a dashing red Welsh Guards military uniform. Full Story
Westminster

Hammond, IN

#1 Nov 15, 2008
Prince Charles is "still not in charge?" In charge of what? What is the queen (or the king in his case) in charge of? Let's see. Certifying a new already-elected prime minister? Okaying the menu for a dinner at the palace? Reviewing the Coldstream Guards? Whatever happens, Charles will be ready. The duties, after all, are not what one might classify as "heavy lifting."
Consitutional Monarchy

AOL

#3 Nov 15, 2008
Westminster wrote:
Prince Charles is "still not in charge?" In charge of what? What is the queen (or the king in his case) in charge of? Let's see. Certifying a new already-elected prime minister? Okaying the menu for a dinner at the palace? Reviewing the Coldstream Guards? Whatever happens, Charles will be ready. The duties, after all, are not what one might classify as "heavy lifting."
You might read a history and/or book of the Common Law before you spout your ignorance. The Crown is the Constitutional head of United Kingdom, Commonwealth and Dominions. Their public duties are numerous and - at times, very demanding. While the Monarch's legal roll and authority has been... restricted significantly since World War Two, She is still capable of ordering Parliament to be disolved, to fire - such as she did not too long ago, the Attorney General of Australia and assorted Crown-agents, etc. The Crown is the Head of the Church of England and directly oversees the Church's Peculiars [those Bishoprics for whom the Crown is formerly their head, e.g. Westminster Abby, et al]. This Monarch - in particular, has devoted her entire life to Her country. From an early age when She assumed the roll of Soverign, during Her service during World War Two, to the leadership and continuity that She afforded Her countrymen during the hard times after the war, during the chaos of the 1970's industrial anarchy and throughout Her reign, Queen Elizabeth II has been a model of leadership by example, of dignity and of grace. Would that we could say nearly the same of most of our Executive during the past 60+ years.
Of course, Prince Charles erred in his home-life's management, as did Princess' Anne and pretty much the rest of the current over age 30 Royal-family. However, this Queen has earned herself a place in history not dissimilar to that of her namesake - Queen Elizabeth I. She worked with Her Prime Ministers to keep Great Britain out of the European Union's monetary-union, thereby assuring a degree of national soverignty to Her country that those other members of the EU have subordinated to the Eurocrats.
Assuming that Prince Charles ever assumes the Crown, he and his wife are presently enscounced in Clarence House on the Mall and leading a rather charmed life. Naturally - at age 60, even were Prince Charles to assume the Crown, his tenure on the Throne could never approach that of his mother and one really needs to look at Prince Charles' and Princess Diana's sons for the direction of the next stage in the development of the Royal-family.
Onward and upward, time stands still for no man, nor for the man who would be King.
SouthofBoston

Abington, MA

#4 Nov 15, 2008
Consitutional Monarchy wrote:
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You might read a history and/or book of the Common Law before you spout your ignorance. The Crown is the Constitutional head of United Kingdom, Commonwealth and Dominions. Their public duties are numerous and - at times, very demanding. While the Monarch's legal roll and authority has been... restricted significantly since World War Two, She is still capable of ordering Parliament to be disolved, to fire - such as she did not too long ago, the Attorney General of Australia and assorted Crown-agents, etc. The Crown is the Head of the Church of England and directly oversees the Church's Peculiars [those Bishoprics for whom the Crown is formerly their head, e.g. Westminster Abby, et al]. This Monarch - in particular, has devoted her entire life to Her country. From an early age when She assumed the roll of Soverign, during Her service during World War Two, to the leadership and continuity that She afforded Her countrymen during the hard times after the war, during the chaos of the 1970's industrial anarchy and throughout Her reign, Queen Elizabeth II has been a model of leadership by example, of dignity and of grace. Would that we could say nearly the same of most of our Executive during the past 60+ years.
Of course, Prince Charles erred in his home-life's management, as did Princess' Anne and pretty much the rest of the current over age 30 Royal-family. However, this Queen has earned herself a place in history not dissimilar to that of her namesake - Queen Elizabeth I. She worked with Her Prime Ministers to keep Great Britain out of the European Union's monetary-union, thereby assuring a degree of national soverignty to Her country that those other members of the EU have subordinated to the Eurocrats.
Assuming that Prince Charles ever assumes the Crown, he and his wife are presently enscounced in Clarence House on the Mall and leading a rather charmed life. Naturally - at age 60, even were Prince Charles to assume the Crown, his tenure on the Throne could never approach that of his mother and one really needs to look at Prince Charles' and Princess Diana's sons for the direction of the next stage in the development of the Royal-family.
Onward and upward, time stands still for no man, nor for the man who would be King.
Well said. Long live the Queen.
david wayne osedach

San Francisco, CA

#5 Nov 15, 2008
Publicly - he's a dudd - no charisma. Who in their right mind would give up Diana for Bowles? Let him fade away into obscurity...

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#6 Nov 15, 2008
Daily Horoscope for November 15
Libra
With the Moon in your ninth house of travel and adventure, many of you will be ready to have fun with your friends. The next two days may find you itching to do something new and exciting. Why not take a day trip to a place of interest not far from your home town? Those of you who truly live in the middle of nowhere can always rent a foreign film.
Trufax

Lansing, IL

#7 Nov 15, 2008
Better question, why is this in an American paper? The very notion of Royalty is offensive to any red blooded American. We don't CARE for "kings and queens."
Rubbish

AOL

#8 Nov 15, 2008
Trufax wrote:
Better question, why is this in an American paper? The very notion of Royalty is offensive to any red blooded American. We don't CARE for "kings and queens."
The 'news' of Prince Charles' birthday appeared in the American and world's press because:
1). His family [the Mountbatten/Windsor's] have been major players in global events for 500 years.
2). His mother/the Queen is the head of the Church of England and he stands directly in line to assume that role. It should be noted that Henry VIII and then his daughter - Elizabeth I, established the Protestant Church of England in the 16th century and were significantly responsible, along with Martin Luther, and other Protestant Princes - as they're sometimes refer'd to, in Europe for starting the Protestant Reformation in Europe, which - of course, led to the group{s} that would ulimately found and profoundly influence America. It should be noted that Prince Charle's uncle - Lord Louis Mountbatten was Commander and Chief of the Allied Forces in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War Two and that England is our/America's key international ally in the global war on terror.
3). The English Royal-family are the largest land-owners in England and control a rather... significant number of economic interests - that have far reaching consequences [such as their holding in Royal Dutch Shell and/or British Petroleum].
4). The English Royal-family sit on the Boards of many of the most important institutions in England. Whether their relationships with Oxford and/or Cambridge Universities [Prince Charles having attended Trinity College, Cambridge and that august University celebrating its 800th anniversary next year] and countless other charitable/not-for-profit institutions, etc.
5) Finally, the Royal-family - particularly HRH Queen Elizabeth and her heir apparent / the Prince of Wales stand for what it means {at least to many} to be 'British.'
In the future, before you spout off your... lack of knowledge, you might want to read a book - or twenty.
Reality Check Point

AOL

#9 Nov 15, 2008
Trufax wrote:
Better question, why is this in an American paper? The very notion of Royalty is offensive to any red blooded American. We don't CARE for "kings and queens."
'Rubbish' was certainly right in respone you your posting, but, I'd add that America has plenty of 'kings and queens', such as the Kennedy family, the Dupont's, the Mellon's, the Rockefeller's, the Hurst's and so on. We also have the 'royalty' of Hollywood and of Wall Street {though the latter's been taken down a notch of late}. So, please, we DO have hereditary lines of 'royalty' in America and while they don't wear crowns, some of the women still wear tiaras. America's 'royal' enclaves are situated in The Hamptons of Long Island, on the Upper-east-side of Manhattan, in Boston, in Montgomery County, Maryland, on Chicago's Gold Coast and North Shore, in Bel Air, Palm Beach, Palm Springs, etc, etc; and they represent our elite. Their children attend the Ivy League and the Seven Sisters. Make no mistake about it, while we don't necessarily pass the 'crown' from father {or mother} to son {or daughter}, we certainly DO pass portfolios and priviledge on from generation to generation... Check the names of those who've attended the Ivy League institutions, the Builderberger and Bohemian Grove meetings and see how many are representative of family lines. Yes, America DOES have a most favored elite - for what they're worth.
Ditto Head

Homer Glen, IL

#10 Nov 15, 2008
> the Queen, who reportedly has had an
> at-times strained relationship with
> her son.

I saw on TV old film footage of Prince Charles when he was about 4 years running up to greet his mother who had been away for months. His handlers grabbed him and made him stand at the end of the greeting line for the queen.
Ditto Head

Homer Glen, IL

#11 Nov 15, 2008
> 42 percent of Britain now wants
> him to follow his mother to the throne

What percentage wants him beheaded?

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