Muted celebrations as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth turns 94 – Reuters

Royal birthdays and anniversaries are traditionally marked by ceremonial gun salutes, in which blank rounds are fired from various locations across London, but the queen felt it would be inappropriate to allow this to go ahead given the circumstances.

The latest official figures show that about 16,000 Britons infected with the new coronavirus have died in hospital, the fifth highest number globally. The nation is in its fourth week of lockdown, with most businesses closed and citizens ordered to stay at home.

Muted celebrations as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth turns 94 – Reuters

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Has it been a good week for the royals?

“God speed, guys, but I predict that hearts will harden towards Harry and Meghan over the next few years. Not because they will continue to cost us millions in security, but because they will become emblematic of us, the British, not being able to have nice things. We drove these photogenic rich people away — yes, by tittering at their interest in saving the planet one Learjet flight at a time, but also by being weirdly possessive of their child and creepy to the point of ugh about how many photos we could take of him.” – Harriet Walker, The Times

Has it been a good week for the royals?

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A Royal Divorce And The Curious Slant Of Leaks To The Press

Maybe Wootton just got bad info on the reason for the Phillipses’ split. The thing is, the Sun’s sources on the divorce story were right — so right that the couple’s hand was forced to confirm it, after they had kept it hidden from the press for months. Also, as we’ve seen, Wootton and the Sun are clearly incredibly well-sourced on royal stories.

…In my opinion, the Sun made a choice. Woven within the words of the anonymous sources in Wootton’s story is a specific narrative. A second nonroyal, non-British woman married to a member of the royal family has caused a catastrophic rift — and she might have been inspired by the first.

A Royal Divorce And The Curious Slant Of Leaks To The Press

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Coming or going, Meghan gets the blame — and it’s because of her race

“Having the audacity — because that’s what it is — to exhibit self-sovereignty has always been a privilege reserved for men, especially white men,” she told CNN. “Yet here is Meghan exhibiting this ‘audacity’ and it’s being … pushed forward by a white man who happens to be her husband.”

Eubanks argues that Prince Harry presenting a united front with his spouse “triggers people” because it places “a white Prince of royal blood and a black American woman commoner” on equal footing.

“That sight doesn’t sit well with everyone due to how they’ve been conditioned to view women and people of color, whether they realize it or not.”

…Some observers believe Prince Harry is extra protective of Meghan because of how his mother, the late Princess Diana, was treated by the media towards the end of her life.

“He seemingly never recovered from the anguish he saw her go through at the hands of the British press and the critics,” said Eubanks. “He seems to have pledged to never let that happen to his wife and children. “
Coming or going, Meghan gets the blame — and it’s because of her race – CNN

Sigh…

Princess Eugenie makes bold statement with wedding dress revealing scar

Eugenie hinted at the design of her dress in an interview broadcast on ITV earlier Friday, when she spoke about the importance of changing people’s conceptions of beauty.

“I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars and I think it’s really special to stand up for that,” she said.

Princess Eugenie makes bold statement with wedding dress revealing scars – CNN Style

Huh.

Duchess of Kent pays tribute to “brave” former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna

Duchess of Kent pays tribute to “brave” former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna | Tennis News | Sky Sports

An ending to such a good sports story. RIP Jana

White House demands carriage ride when Trump visits the UK 

The White House has insisted the President’s planned visit to London this fall include a carriage ride with Queen Elizabeth II down “the Mall,” a strip that leads to Buckingham Palace, The Times of London reported.

But local police said such a visit will be a “monster,” because of security protocols and planned protests.

Security sources told the newspaper a carriage — even a closed one — is much more susceptible to an attack than an armored car.

White House demands carriage ride when Trump visits the UK – NY Daily News

Good lord, what a baby.

Prince Charles issues veiled warning over Donald Trump and return to ‘dark days of 1930s’

Prince Charles has issued a warning over the “rise of populism” in a veiled apparent reference to the election of Donald Trump and increasingly hostile attitudes towards refugees in Europe. The Prince of Wales said there were “deeply disturbing echoes of the dark days of the 1930s”, adding that “evil” religious persecution was taking place across the globe.

Prince Charles issues veiled warning over Donald Trump and return to ‘dark days of 1930s’ | The Independent

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Obama Meets Prince George for First Time 

While I’m on my royals kick…

And as a side note: Man alive, the mayor of London…. Somebody deserves a swift, hard punch in the jaw!!!  So, so, freaking disrespectful! As an American that offends me. What a total fucking douche-bag ass-wipe. So if Obama is half some country he never lived in, what does being English make you, Mr. Mayor? A little French and half German? Asshole. Obama is a Kenyan and whatever-the-hell-his-mother’s-brand-of-European-ancestry-is AMERICAN. 100%. Douche-nozzle.

Prince Harry explains how he got the Queen to do Invictus Games video

Yeah, yeah, yeah… More of my royal watcher postings!

Yeah, yeah, yeah, what makes these people any different than any non-royal? Well, frankly, nothing. Life is not an evenly just place. Some people get better dealt better and more lucrative hands than others. Which is not to say we shouldn’t strive for equality or raising people up; quite the opposite! It is just to say that is where we start. What each person does with his or her hand matters just as much as the luck of the draw.

To be clear, I have no nostalgia for actual (i.e non-figurehead/ceremonial) rulers being chosen by birth or – even worse – by violent military clashes between clans. I do think that having a visible monarchy in some parts of the world is a valuable legacy and window into our collective past though. It’s like an ever present history lesson or something…

If we can assume for the moment, that there is and should be a British monarchy, isn’t it nice that Diana’s sons are leading the monarchy into the future with such a keen eye for ways to improve conditions for those less fortunate than themselves? (Seriously, wouldn’t it be nice if ALL scions and heirs to great wealth and power acted that way!!!)

OK, all of my justify and posturing out of the way, Harry comes off as such a mensch here… Finding ways to serve the military that he is prevented from making his career in that very few others would have the ability or inclination to carry out….

Can you just imagine a world where people like Paris Hilton and Ivanka Trump shared the same sense of duty? Sigh…

Anyways…

Good on you, Prince Harry! What a wonderful way to continue your service to the military. Not to mention what a nice continuation of all the work your mum did

Oh, and the actual mic drop video with the Queen is a hoot.

Prince George stayed up late to meet Barack Obama at Kensington Palace

“Britain’s future King declines to remove his bathrobe during brief audience with the leader of the free world.”

Prince George stayed up late to meet Barack Obama at Kensington Palace | Metro News

Oh… Like I wasn’t going to post it!

Come on, It’s not often that I find myself saying, “Aw, what an adorable pic of of the POTUS.”