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Gawd, can't she skip a generation...

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Best thing Charles could do is abdicate early to one of his sons who not only looks better than him, but also has much better choice in wives.  Between Camilla and John F'ing Kerry (D. Viet.), it is difficult to decide who has the better horse face.  Kerry has tried to compensate with intensive botox therapy but all he has accomplished to date is ensure his pupils no longer dilate.

How about it EC??  I have never heard a Brit properly dump on Camilla, so please don't sugar coat anything, and tell us what you really think about her......

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Gawd, can't she skip a generation...

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Charles is very politically left and unpopular. The queen is not dumb, doing this will not upset many as William is busy being a new father.
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Charles is very politically left and unpopular. The queen is not dumb, doing this will not upset many as William is busy being a new father.

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"The Tea Party has a right to feel cheated.

When does the Republican Party, put in the majority by the Tea Party, plan to honor its commitment to halt the growth of the Federal monolith and bring the budget back into balance"?

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Is Chuckles a Muslim or not??

Who said he was a muslim? 9999what
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When does the Republican Party, put in the majority by the Tea Party, plan to honor its commitment to halt the growth of the Federal monolith and bring the budget back into balance"?

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Best thing Charles could do is abdicate early to one of his sons who not only looks better than him, but also has much better choice in wives.  Between Camilla and John F'ing Kerry (D. Viet.), it is difficult to decide who has the better horse face.  Kerry has tried to compensate with intensive botox therapy but all he has accomplished to date is ensure his pupils no longer dilate.

How about it EC??  I have never heard a Brit properly dump on Camilla, so please don't sugar coat anything, and tell us what you really think about her......

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Well - I actually like her. She's got a hell of a temper on her and gives Charles something he badly needed - she tells him no and when he's being a dick (much less frequently since they got married - noticed?).

She's certainly no oil painting, but then again he's no major prize in the looks department either. The best point about her is she stay out of the limelight, mostly.

I doubt Charles will abdicate in favor of William any time soon, despite the fact he'd infinitely prefer that - he'll be taking up the job he's been trained for all his life at an age when most of us are kicking back and relaxing after a life well done. William is, to be blunt, not ready. Seems a nice enough lad on the surface, but he's an arrogant and entitled SOB on the quiet. Commands people - fine in an officer, not so good in a monarch.
I'd far prefer Harry as King. He's got the people skills needed and, more importantly, the sense of humor needed.
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Did everybody else miss "courtiers"?  Courtiers?  Wearing those neck ruffles, caps with feathers, the "pantaloons" that puff out like thigh garlics and the curly-ended slippers that come to a point?
Do they still use the clarions when "Majesties" enter the room or am I a victim of excess cartoonary (cartoonery?)?
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Did everybody else miss "courtiers"?  Courtiers?  Wearing those neck ruffles, caps with feathers, the "pantaloons" that puff out like thigh garlics and the curly-ended slippers that come to a point?
Do they still use the clarions when "Majesties" enter the room or am I a victim of excess cartoonary (cartoonery?)?

Courtiers - literally "Those present at court." Most on them are idiots, but some are advisors. Think Valerie Jarret. She rarely wears ruffles or feathered pantaloons.  :laugh:

The trumpet call is only used in high profile ceremonies. While it is neat to think of the Queen sweeping into the room to the strains of the Imperial march, it rarely happens.
Fun fact - The King of Saudi Arabia is not hugely popular here, yet tradition states that the entrance of a monarch from another state is accompanied by music. They played the Imperial March for him. He loved it. You might just recognise it - the King did not  :laugh:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bzWSJG93P8" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bzWSJG93P8</a>


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Who said he was a muslim? 9999what

There was talk that Chuckles is a closet Muslim...
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I'd far prefer Harry as King. He's got the people skills needed and, more importantly, the sense of humor needed.
And then there's the bonus for the ladies that he might get drunk and expose his naughty bits.   :nono:   :whistle:
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Seriously.  Harry is a lovable mug, but King?  Are you freakin' kidding me?

Meanwhile, here's what very classy William did on Christmas day:



'You can't beat a good selfie on Christmas Day', says Prince William as he poses for photo

Duke of Cambridge took 12-year-old schoolgirl Madison Lambe's mobile and posed with her for a selfie after she visited the Sandringham Estate on Christmas Day


Prince William stunned a 12-year-old schoolgirl by taking her phone and posing with her for a selfie.


The grinning heir to the throne took star-struck Madison Lambe's mobile after she was too stunned to press the buttons herself.


The Duke of Cambridge took the snap after she visited the Sandringham Estate on Christmas Day to watch the Royal family walk from their house to church.


Madison is now the most envied pupil at her school after posting the image of herself standing with the future king on Facebook.


She said: "I couldn't believe it when William came over to me and I asked for a picture. He just said to me 'you can't beat a good selfie on Christmas Day' and took the picture.


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"It was really good, I didn't expect it.

"He was really nice and I was so excited. I've put the picture on Facebook. My friends think it is really good and they have been commenting on it."

Madison had travelled with her mum Paula Scrupps, 38, from their home in Boston, Lincolnshire, to Sandringham on Christmas morning.

Single mum Paula, who works for tractor dealership John Deere, said: "We got up early on Christmas morning and opened our presents and then drove down to Sandringham to show our support for the Royal family.

"Madison took some flowers for the Queen and the children line up near the church wall.

"Parents aren't allowed to go so she asked if she could borrow my phone so she could try to a 'selfie' with the Queen.

"I didn't really expect her to get any pictures but certainly didn't think she would come back with a 'selfie' with William."

Last month Prince Charles proved he was a good sport when an unnamed lad asked him to pose for a selfie during a visit to the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre in Stevenage, Herefordshire.

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I have to believe Harry would pull an Edward VIII rather than give up the life he has now.  Why would he want to strap himself with all the pomp, etc. when he can just slide off and party all the time?
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Interesting. 

Looking at it from across the pond I think William will make a good king.  I find it refreshing he loves his wife and seems to get along with his inlaws.  I understand his standoffishness with the media given he saw what they did to his mother - who he adored. 

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Interesting. 

Looking at it from across the pond I think William will make a good king.  I find it refreshing he loves his wife and seems to get along with his inlaws.  I understand his standoffishness with the media given he saw what they did to his mother - who he adored.

Give him a few years to season - and yep, he'll be a decent king. Probably not one of the greats, but good. I'd give him my fealty, happily. (We swear to the King or Queen and their heirs and successors - not to the the constitution, as you guys do. Different strokes.)

Right now though - he's pretty shy, a little petty (he's only young yet and few people say no when he needs it) and not hugely experienced. Not good in a monarch, who is supposed to speak out to his ministers and, in a way, be the avatar of the country.
Don't forget - every single minister, priest, Governor General, Lord and MP serves at the monarchy's pleasure. It is not often invoked, but the right is still there to be used. The most important Royal engagement of the week is the meeting with the PM - where the Queen acts as the PM's confessor and guide.

Kate has been good for him, she treats the media attention as a mild annoyance that is part of life. Defuses it, if you like. She's smart, tough and good with people. Yes, like most here I am slightly in love with her.
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Remember, the current Queen was very young and very inexperienced when her father died... She was a quick study and has been a good monarch. I find William much more appealing than his father and shudder at Camilla as Queen.

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Camilla can't be queen.

She is the Royal Consort and will remain that when Charles takes the throne. It's happened before. Albert was Prince Consort to Queen Victoria. He got the title Prince from his own rank, but had no official duties and no input into policy.
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She will still try to act like she's queen. I have no love lost for Camilla........ what Charles saw in her escapes me - then I look at him and wonder how Diana was so enamored with him.


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Well - Diana was a sweet kid, reasonably pretty, but about as bright as a burnt out match. Charles, despite the jokes about his ears and his obsessions with architecture and organic farming, is damned smart.

Not a lot of compatibility there. To be mildly crude, eventually you have to get out of the bed and talk to each other.
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LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!!

I agree.  When she finally departs this earth, many people are going to start to realize what they lost. 


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