Friday, March 12, 2021

Did you know?

that Charles and Anne would not have been called Prince or Princess, because they were the offspring of a daughter but it was Queen Elizabeth's father George, who changed the rules. 

This rule would have meant that Prince Charles and Princess Anne would not, from birth, have had royal status or be called Prince and Princess, as they were the children of the daughter of the sovereign. So immediately prior to the birth of Princess Elizabeth's first child, King George VI issued letters patent dated 22 October 1948 declaring that Princess Elizabeth's children with Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh would take royal status and be called Prince or Princess from birth.  Wiki entry

I am puzzling over entitlement to royal title.  Somewhere there is a long list of who ascends to the throne, rather like the angels outside Bath abbey's exterior who make their way to heaven up the ladders.

Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC BY-SA 3.0"

Madam Petulant, for this is what I will call Meghan, was upset about her first child not being called a prince.  Now as we all know titles are nonsense but just there to give us some confidence.  We also know 'blue blood' does not exist unless in aliens.

It was Carruthers who started all this, my mind went on a wander as the thought of Prince Harry calling on his forces in Sussex to take the throne.  I mean until we became civilised we were a nation of small countries and warring was a constant pastime.  The War of the Roses, Lancaster v York, still in my mind rumbles down the ages.  We still have a South/North divide as well.  By the way Harry has America on his side and they have bigger weapons.  Okay I am joking, but frictions between the royals needs keeping an eye on.

Read this politically more adult view of where as a country we should be going, devolution/regionalisation call it what you will.  

Alternative Political Cartography - A more rational union.  To be found on the Landscapism blog


The other did you know, concerns young sea slugs who can detach their heads from their bodies and grow a new body, now that is something humans can't do.

Image by Sayaka Mitoh

A rather beautiful sea slug the article can be found here

13 comments:

  1. Not sure I'd put 'beautiful' with 'seas slug' but I guess they are a step up from land slugs!

    Poor Harry and the actress - so hard done by!

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  2. Pretty colouring, things on the sea bed are often very well coloured. As for that pair, the opera will go on and on.

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  3. If only I could detach my head and grow a new body all my troubles would be over.

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    1. Think I might go for a new head instead Pat.

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  4. What a lovely way to be rid of an old body.

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    1. Yes Joanne, cryonics seem a bit old hat when compared to manufacturing a new body.

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  5. And as I am sure you know, the first King of all England was crowned at Bath Abbey. I don't think we have had another Edgar since.

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    1. Yes quite a lot happened round that time. Just remembered king Edmund knifed to death by Leof at the hunting lodge in Pucklechurch. Also excavating one weekend in Chippenham for a Saxon building. King Alfred laid siege to the Danes there before fleeing to the Somerset marshes....

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    2. That's something I didn't know.

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  6. It's like the ship of Theseus: five new bodies and three new heads but still the same sea slug.

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  7. Yes. But it should not be forgotten that we take an awful lot of design done by nature and then use the principles in planes, buildings etc. So one day it might be cool to have three heads!

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  8. Which reminds me... I have a vague memory of there not being such a thing as an 'investiture'of the Prince of Wales and it was dreamt up because it was thought it would be good for morale and a good way of promoting the Royals at the time?

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  9. Not quite. A Welshman Lloyd George brought it back in 1911, and Charles had his investiture in 1969. It is all to do with 'Patent letters'. One gets written, then gets read by all officials who are in government and then gets acted upon. Must read Ezra Pound's 'Gormenghast' again!

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