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It's a marriage not just a carnival : Comments

By Mal Fletcher, published 21/5/2018

A royal wedding offers a unique opportunity to celebrate the bonds that tie a society together and particularly the deepest of these, the family.

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Ho hum, so a man and a woman, foreigners got married yesterday. And repeated in dozens of o communities around the world! Prince Harry could migrate here and serve as our governor general and Commander in Chief of our armed forces! But not sit in our parliament as an elected representative, unless he renounced his British citizenship! Now apart from a wedding, common enough around the world and almost as interesting as watching Goldfish swimming in a bowl. How incongruous is the inability for the son of our head of state to sit in our parliament without first renouncing his allegiance to Britain and presumably that nation's head of state? We need a referendum to reestablish the original intentions of section 44 if only to end an incongruous stupidity. And once again allow any citizen who shares our head of state to sit in our parliament as an elected representative. Even if one day that also happens to be a right royal prince or princess! We haven't time? Why? Because a referendum called for later this year would interfere with an early election? Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Monday, 21 May 2018 9:57:59 AM
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Nope Alan B.

This is what really happened at the Royal Wedding http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4mf5yqn1aw

Note the Archbishop of Cantermoxide and everything else, dude :)
Posted by plantagenet, Monday, 21 May 2018 10:42:03 AM
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Hardly foreigners. We share a queen with them, and because they are not foreigners as New Zealand and Canada are not foreigners for the same reason we exchange High Commissioners with them, not ambassadors as we do with truly foreign countries.

I sort-of watched the wedding, in between reading an excellent Alan Mallinson book set in Victorian times, and I noticed that while a bishop from the bride's country performed, along with a Greek Orthodox cleric and the Queen's own dusky vicar, there wasn't a Muslim to be seen. Hurrah! Some common sense and realisation of huge differences prevails.

The Monarchy and the Royal Family are good value, at the Poms' expense.
Posted by ttbn, Monday, 21 May 2018 12:17:40 PM
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//We share a queen with them, and because they are not foreigners as New Zealand and Canada are not foreigners for the same reason//

We also share a queen with Jamaica, PNG and the Solomon Islands... are they also not foreigners?
Posted by Toni Lavis, Monday, 21 May 2018 1:54:14 PM
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Jamaica, PNG and the Solomons (the non-American Solomons in the Commonwealth) are, indeed foreign countries, as are all of the 53 members, apart from us, NZ and Canada. It is ridiculous, in my view, to have such a large group; many of the countries involved only recently stopped eating each other.
Posted by ttbn, Monday, 21 May 2018 2:12:49 PM
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"Well may we say God save the Queen, for nothing will save the Governor General".

Lest we forget !
Posted by diver dan, Monday, 21 May 2018 6:46:40 PM
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