Carmy From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 627 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1491 times:
Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II by the Grace of God, Queen of this Realm and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith will celebrate her 50th year on the throne today, 6th of February 2002 A.D.
What a joyous day it shall be! I certainly hope celebrations will rival that of Her Majesty's Silver Jubilee! But of course, the Prime Minister isn't doing enough to publicise the Jubilee. Nonetheless, I'm sure it'll be a joyous Golden Jubilee year!
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12956 posts, RR: 79 Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1456 times:
Nothing to do with the PM, the Royal Family themselves are concerned about public apathy.
A lot has changed for them since the 1977 Silver Jubilee, none of it positive.
(I remember the street party we had then, in our more fragmented society now that's unimaginable, but maybe I'm wrong on that).
Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 36 Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1454 times:
The concept of people reigning over others because of their birth is wrong. Sorry to be a spoilsport, but a hereditary monarchy (even a constitutional one) is a thing of the past.
And don´t use the "oh it´s only for representative reasons" argument. The main point is the economy of letting the hard working people feed a useless class of spoiled brats who have never worked a day in their lives. I don´t want to know how much Dutch taxpayer´s money was burned this weekend...
Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 36 Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1447 times:
Hmm, you get money from the state without working for it, you pay taxes to the state and the state is happy - sounds suspiciously like one of those get-rich-quick schemes, huh?
And about the tourists - ya, I´ve heard that argument before. But the UK is such a nice country, I can´t imagine a sane tourist comes here because of the current royals: they come because of monuments the royals of some centuries ago built.
And on the other hand: imagine how much productive time the British "Joe Sixpack" spends on following the royals and their scandals. If he´d work instead, the British GDP would get such a boost (it would probably be doubled )
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4210 posts, RR: 36 Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1446 times:
Elizabeth always looks so sad and irritated, I don't believe she really enjoys her job. She must be in her mid 70s now, wouldn't her Golden Jubilee be a nice and graceful time to retire? Here in the Netherlands queens and kings retire around their 70th birthday, so their kids can get a life and be a parents to their kids and get the job when they're about 40. It would be a nightmare for us if Juliana, who is 92 and has Alzheimer and is hospitalized 24 hours a day, would still be Queen. Poor Charles might be dead before Elizabeth dies (if her health is as strong as her mothers, and why not, she looks like her).
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1412 times:
PanAm, you can get the Bozak. Did I not indicate I didn't know the exact spelling. My bad that I don't remember the spelling of every world leaders name. Shouldn't you be working up another useless thread right about now?
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12956 posts, RR: 79 Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1390 times:
If you were in the Queens's shoes, with her children, would you want them to take over before you snuffed it?
Looking at polling, admittedly not an exact science, the Royal's are on borrowed time.
People under 40 are much less positive about them, no great surge of republicanism either, but it's creeping up.
Amongst all age groups, the Queen is the biggest positive. Doing her job in an unpretentious and dutiful manner.
But British society has changed massively since her coronation, even the 1977 Jubilee celebrations now seem like events in another country. (Notwithstanding the Sex Pistols being at no.1 in the charts during the celebrations then!)