8 reasons constitutional monarchy is the best form of government • The Crown Chronicles

Many people say that having a Monarch as Head of State is good for tourism, but not much else. But, hang on, aren’t Monarchies cheaper than Presidencies? Yes.  And doesn’t having a King or Queen ensure that there cannot be a dictatorship? Yes!  So why is monarchy good? Here are 8 reasons why constitutional monarchy is the best form of government…

Source: 8 reasons constitutional monarchy is the best form of government • The Crown Chronicles

Can’t argue with anything here! An excellent essay, entirely. 🙂

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N.B. The article notes,

“While a number of examples relate specifically to the British Monarchy, most of these reasons are applicable to the other Monarchies of the world, and we have tried to include some broader examples and statistics.”

Iran’s exiled Crown Prince calls for a monarchist revolution in Iran – Royal Central

Some call him an Emperor, some a Crown Prince and by his Iranian followers, he is referred to as His Imperial Majesty Reza Shah II. Still, the Crown Prince of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, has now called for a monarchist revolution in his birth country of Iran and calls for Trump and American help to transform the dictatorship to a parliamentarian monarchy.

Source: Iran’s exiled Crown Prince calls for a monarchist revolution in Iran – Royal Central

It should be said that the Crown Prince wants to have a peaceful revolution that will be carried out by the Iranian people, and he does not envision an armed revolution with foreign military troops on the ground. Asked how his envisioned peaceful revolution could play out in Iran, Pahlavi said it would need to begin with the labour unions starting a nationwide strike.

Pahlavi’s father, Mohammad Reza Shah, took power following a coup in 1953 engineered by Britain and the United States. Under the Crown Prince’s father’s secular and pro-Western rule, Iran experienced a rapid modernization programme financed by oil revenues. The Crown Prince is clear in his statements; he does not want the same thing [a coup backed by Western powers] to happen again. “Western governments need to keep their distance and not threaten military action,” said His Imperial Highness.

I believe this would be of great benefit to the Iranian (Persian) people, many of whom are not happy with the rule of the Ayatollahs, and to the rest of the world, as well, for whom the Islamic Republic of Iran is well-known as a state sponsor of terrorism and a persistent threat to regional security. Respectful salute to His Imperial Majesty Reza Shah II, and prayers for the achievement of this goal!

A warning, from “Founding Father” John Adams

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“I do not say that democracy has been more pernicious on the whole, and in the long run, than monarchy or aristocracy. Democracy has never been and never can be so durable as aristocracy or monarchy; but while it lasts, it is more bloody than either… Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. It is in vain to say that democracy is less vain, less proud, less selfish, less ambitious, or less avaricious than aristocracy or monarchy. It is not true, in fact, and nowhere appears in history. Those passions are the same in all men, under all forms of simple government, and when unchecked, produce the same effects of fraud, violence, and cruelty. When clear prospects are opened before vanity, pride, avarice, or ambition, for their easy gratification, it is hard for the most considerate philosophers and the most conscientious moralists to resist the temptation. Individuals have conquered themselves. Nations and large bodies of men, never.”

~ John Adams, The Letters of John and Abigail Adams

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Her Majesty The Queen – Sapphire Jubilee

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Today marks The Queen’s #SapphireJubilee

It has been 65 years since Her Majesty acceded to the throne.

On 6 February 1952, King George VI sadly died following a prolonged illness. Princess Elizabeth immediately acceded to the throne, becoming Queen Elizabeth II and taking on all of the responsibilities which came with her new title.

In the photograph, The Queen is wearing a suite of sapphire jewellery given to her by King George VI as a wedding gift in 1947.

Find out more about The Queen’s accession and coronation on our website: http://bit.ly/24irGhZ

God save the Queen! Long live the Queen! Wishing you many more years, Ma’am. Deepest respect!

A Prayer for The Queen’s Majesty.

O LORD our heavenly Father, high and mighty, King of kings, Lord of lords, the only Ruler of princes, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth: Most heartily we beseech thee with thy favour to behold our most gracious Sovereign Lady, Queen ELIZABETH; and so replenish her with the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that she may alway incline to thy will, and walk in thy way: Endue her plenteously with heavenly gifts; grant her in health and prosperity long to live; strengthen her that she may vanquish and overcome all her enemies; and finally, after this life, she may attain everlasting joy and felicity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Collect for The Queen.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, we are taught by thy holy Word, that the hearts of kings are in thy rule and governance, and that thou dost dispose and turn them as it seemeth best to thy godly wisdom: we humbly beseech thee so to dispose and govern the heart of Elizabeth thy Servant, our Queen and Governor, that, in all her thoughts, words, and works, she may ever seek thy honour and glory, and study to preserve thy people committed to her charge, in wealth, peace, and godliness: grant this, O merciful Father, for thy dear Son’s sake, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer 1662 (UK)

Feast of King Charles the Martyr

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Today is celebrated by many Anglicans as the feast day of King Charles the Martyr – Charles I Stuart of England – who was beheaded on orders of the Puritan-controlled Parliament (called “Roundheads” for their short haircuts, in contrast to the long hair of the Royalist, and mostly Anglican, “Cavaliers”) on the 30th of January in 1649, a despicable act of regicide which amounted to the culminating act of the English Civil War, and began what is sometimes known as the Interregnum (period between kings), prior to the Restoration of the English Monarchy in the person of his son, Charles II, in 1660.

Charles was a controversial monarch, both politically and religiously, at a time when the two were very closely joined indeed. He reigned at a time when Parliament was dominated by Puritan Roundheads, and he defended the prerogatives of both the Established (Anglican) Church and the Crown against strong opposition. Though never a Roman Catholic, he had a “catholic” view of the Church, including the episcopate, and it was ultimately for this that he was unlawfully and unjustly executed by regicides acting under colour of Parliamentary decree, and is believed by many to have thus gained the martyrs’ crown.

Excerpts from an account of the King and Martyr, from the late Anglican hagiographer James Kiefer:

“A war which was, in one sense, about taxation, was in another sense about religion. The Parliamentary armies were led by Oliver Cromwell (a collateral descendant of Henry VIII’s advisor Thomas Cromwell), a staunch Puritan and a military genius. He began by opposing Charles in the name of liberty, but since it soon became clear that Cromwell himself was no friend to liberty, his battle cry became the Puritan faith. Wherever his troops went, they smashed stained-glass windows and pictures and statues, stabled their horses in churches, and burned vestments and Prayer Books… At the end, when Charles was Cromwell’s prisoner, he was required to assent to a law abolishing bishops in the Church of England. He had previously given his consent to such an abolition in Scotland, where the Puritans were in the majority, but here he dug in his heels and declared that Bishops were part of the Church as God had established it, and that he could not in conscience assent to Cromwell’s demand. His refusal sealed his doom, and it is for this that he is accounted a martyr, since he could have saved his life by giving in on this question. He was brought to trial before Parliament, found guilty of treason, and beheaded 30 January 1649.”

Charles was a keen defender of the Royal prerogatives, but he had a take on this which is perhaps worth hearing today:

“On the scaffold, he said (I quote from memory and may not have the exact words):

“No man in England is a better friend to liberty than myself, But I must tell you plainly that the liberty of subjects consists not in having a hand in the government, but in having that government, and those laws, whereby their lives and their goods may be most their own.”

“That is to say, one may reasonably ask of a government that it establish justice in the land; so that judges do not take bribes, so that innocent men are not convicted of crimes, while the guilty are convicted and punished, so that honest men need fear neither robbers nor the sheriff. One may further ask that taxes be not excessive, and that punishments be not disproportionate to the crime. Charles would have said, “Do not ask whether the laws were made by men whom you elected. Ask whether they are reasonable and good laws, upholding justice and the public weal.” He would have invited comparison of his record in this respect with that of the Long Parliament (which sat for twenty years without an election, and whose members came to think of themselves as rulers for life, accountable to no one) and Cromwell (who eventually dissolved Parliament and ruled as a military dictator, under whose rule the ordinary Englishman had far less liberty than under Charles).”

Blessed Charles, King and Martyr, pray for us to the Father! Amen.

http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/92.html

The Queen is still working & receiving government red boxes despite illness – Royal Central

The Queen is continuing to carry out her duties indoors at Sandringham, despite suffering from illness. Embed from Getty Images According to a source, the Queen is “up and about” and is receiving her daily red boxes with ministerial correspondence enclosed.

Contained within the red boxes are policy papers, cabinet documents, telegrams and other important documents that have been sent to her by the government. This highlights how hard Her Majesty works every day for a 90-year-old.

Source: The Queen is still working & receiving government red boxes despite illness – Royal Central

Her Majesty is a most remarkable woman! Indomitable. I hope and pray that her recovery continues apace, until she is completely well! May it be soon.