Her Majesty is in Scotland for Royal Week

From The British Royalist Society (links added):

Her Majesty The Queen attended the Ceremony of the Keys at Holyroodhouse today.

She is symbolically offered the keys to the city by the Lord Provost and tradition dictates that the Queen then returns them, entrusting their safekeeping to Edinburgh’s elected officials.

The Queen will be residing in Scotland for Royal Week, which kicks off with a garden party at Holyroodhouse Palace.

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There’s a movement to turn Hong Kong back into a British colony

A campaigner carries a former colonial Hong Kong flag during a Hong Kong-UK reunification demonstration outside the British Consulate in Hong Kong on July 1, 2016, the 19th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to Chinese sovereignty from British rule.

These Hong Kongers aren’t clamoring for freer elections. Nor are they demanding outright independence. They want to transform Hong Kong back into British territory — and proclaim Queen Elizabeth II as their head of state.

Source: There’s a movement to turn Hong Kong back into a British colony

There is a movement – small, so far, but with big ambitions – that wants to “transform Hong Kong back into a British territory — and proclaim Queen Elizabeth II as their head of state”:

“’Many Hong Kongers love Her Majesty very much!’ says Alice Lai, the leading face of the campaign. ‘Even now, we still call Her Majesty ‘The Boss.’'”

“Even in Hong Kong’s more rebellious circles, this idea will sound far-fetched. The city’s pro-democracy camps are mostly fixated on less radical goals, such as loosening Beijing’s grip on Hong Kong’s leadership.

“But the Hong Kong-United Kingdom Reunification Campaign, while extremely small, is quite serious.”

Will anything practical come of this? Tough to say! They have a rough row to hoe, and that uphill: as the article points out, such a move on the part of Britain “would nuke relations with China, a key trading partner, and baffle heads of state around the world.” But it also points out that “Wishing for an independent Hong Kong isn’t so rare. A recent poll shows that one in six Hong Kongers shares that unlikely dream.”

It also notes that the agreement that handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997 came with “some major caveats. Both sides agreed that Hong Kong would enjoy a ‘high degree of autonomy,’ including a legal system with some basis in British common law.”

But as part of China’s overall flexing of muscles in recent years, they have been reneging on that promise, and “Reunification campaigners claim Beijing’s meddling is now so severe that it has actually voided the terms of the British handover.” Indeed, the article noted that “The former British foreign secretary has already declared that China breached the joint declaration.”

Still, I am not going to hold my breath, waiting for the UK to reassert its sovereignty over Hong Kong! But I have to admit, I’d love to see it…

[Note: The linked article was written in 2016. I do not know the current status of the Reunification Campaign. If I find out, I will update this post!]

 

66th Anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

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👑 On this day in 1953, Her Majesty The Queen’s coronation was held at Westminster Abbey.

Source: The British Royalist Society, which writes:

“The Queen was the 39th sovereign to be crowned in the Abbey and the sixth Queen to be crowned there in her own right. The service used for the Queen’s coronation descends directly from King Edgar’s in 973.

“The Sovereign’s procession was made up of 250 people including Church leaders, Commonwealth Prime Ministers, members of the Royal Household, civil and military leaders and the Yeoman of the Guard.

“Her Majesty’s accession to the throne also set history in and of itself. Queen Mary (the Queen’s grandmother) was the first grandmother to see two Sovereigns ascend and Prince Charles was the first child to witness his mother’s coronation as Sovereign. Princess Anne did not attend the ceremony as she was considered to be too young. On a side note, Princess Marie Louise (Queen Victoria’s granddaughter) witnessed four coronations, including that of Elizabeth II.

“129 nations and territories were represented at the coronation with a whopping 8,200 guests were in attendance.

“Read more about the coronation and its importance here.”

[The Anglophilic Anglican notes that the above-linked short essay on the Coronation is quite fascinating and helpful in understanding the significance of this ceremony.]

None of them look terribly happy about it, in this picture – but considering that Her Majesty had come to the crown unexpectedly due to the premature death of her father, King George VI, that is perhaps to be expected.

Nota Bene: I am not certain of the identity of the prelate to the right of Her Majesty; but she was crowned by the Most Reverend and Right Honorable Geoffrey Francis Fisher, then Archbishop of Canterbury. Aside from the Coronation of Her Majesty, he is perhaps most famous for his assertion that

“We [meaning the Church of England, and by extension Anglicans in general] have no doctrine of our own — we only possess the Catholic doctrine of the Catholic Church enshrined in the Catholic creeds, and those creeds we hold without addition or diminution. We stand firm on that rock.”

The one to the far left, I am quite confident, is then-Bishop of Durham Arthur Michael Ramsey, who became the 100th Archbishop of Canterbury (1961 – 1974), following Fischer: one of the greatest – arguably, the greatest of the 20th century – occupants of that Primatial See. He was known as a gifted theologian, educator, and advocate of Christian unity, and the writer of many books, perhaps most notably his first: The Gospel and the Catholic Church.

Ironically and somewhat amusingly, Fisher – who had been Ramsey’s headmaster at Repton, and known him basically all his life – is said to have counseled Prime Minister Harold Macmillan against selecting Ramsey for approval by Her Majesty as Archbishop of Canterbury, commenting that

“Doctor Ramsey is a theologian, a scholar and a man of prayer. Therefore, he is entirely unsuitable as Archbishop of Canterbury.”

Macmillan reportedly responded,

“Thank you, your Grace, for your kind advice. You may have been Doctor Ramsey’s headmaster, but you were not mine.”

Ramsey was duly selected.

The conundrums of being an English Royalist…!

Ah, the conflicts… 😏

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Glossary:

thew : Old English thēawcustom, usage; cognate with Old High German thau (later dau), discipline.

witanegemot : advisory council to the king, which also “elected” each new king by acclamation – none could be king without consent of the Witan.

eardland : homeland, native land or region; probably descended from a Proto-Indo-European root meaning “plough-lands” (cf. “ard,” a primitive plough).

Accession Day (UK): God save The Queen!

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Today is Accession Day in Great Britain, marking the 67th anniversary of the death of King George VI and the Accession to the Throne of HM The Queen: Queen Elizabeth II.

She came to the throne early and unexpectedly, but even before that day, she had made her intentions known. On her 21st birthday, while in what was then the Union of South Africa on a tour with her Royal parents, then-Princess Elizabeth gave a speech, in which she concluded:

“I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong… God help me to make good my vow, and God bless all of you who are willing to share in it.”

For 67 years Her Majesty has kept that vow. God bless her, protect and preserve her, grant her still more years to love and serve her people, and when that time comes that comes to every human being, accept her into His Eternal Kingdom with the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Prayers for The Queen’s Majesty:

AI.MIGHTY God, who rulest over all the kingdoms of the world, and dost order them according to thy good pleasure: We yield thee unfeigned thanks, for that thou wast pleased, as on this day, to set thy Servant our Sovereign Lady, Queen ELIZABETH, upon the Throne of this Realm. Let thy wisdom be her guide, and let thine arm strengthen her; let truth and justice, holiness and righteousness, peace and charity, abound in her days; direct all her counsels and endeavours to thy glory, and the welfare of her subjects; give us grace to obey her cheerfully for conscience sake, and let her always possess the hearts of her people; let her reign be long and prosperous, and crown her with everlasting life in the world to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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 always incline to thy will, and walk in thy way. Endue her plenteously with heavenly gifts; grant her in health and wealth 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.

Her Majesty’s 21st Birthday speech:

Her Majesty’s Speech upon her Coronation:

A rather more solemn speech by now-Queen Elizabeth II – one can almost imagine the weight of the Crown upon her young brow – but touching on the same themes: service, common good, hope for the future. But above all, service:

“Through all my life, and with all my heart, I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.”

God save The Queen! Health and long(er) life to Her Majesty. Long may she reign, in health, prosperity, and peace!

How powerful is the Queen? | The British Royalists

Source: How Powerful is the Queen? | The British Royalists

“The Queen is actually the most powerful woman in the world. The Crown wields power over the judiciary, the government, Parliament, the military and the civil service. It is the constitution’s balancing factor and binds the great offices of state together.

“Despite the Queen having many constitutional duties, she is also a custodian of the past, a moral and religious leader, a trustee of the future, a national unifier and a constitutional arbitrator.”

Although the British Monarchy is famously non-political – under the British system of Parliamentary monarchy, the monarch “reigns, but does not rule” – one occasionally hears talk of “the Royal Prerogative.” The precise extent and limitations of that Royal Prerogative are not widely known (perhaps only a handful know their full extent), but this article gives a pretty good idea of the power Her Majesty could wield, if she chose to do so… as well as why she generally does not. Most interesting!

God save The Queen! Health and long life to Her Majesty. Long may she reign!

By Order of the King – Rare British WW1 song | YouTube

Source: By Order of the King – Rare British WW1 song | YouTube

In light of the actual events of the Great War – the millions killed and millions more maimed by bullet and shell, or incapacitated by gas, the destruction of a whole generation in the trenches of Europe, and the host of unexpected consequences for Europe and the world – the optimism and upbeat tempo of this song is ironic, to say the least.

Even as much of an Anglophile and demi-monarchist as I am, I am not sure whether to shake my head with a rueful smile, or let the tears roll down my face. As I have commented on more than one occasion, and in more than one venue, that war should never have happened, and we are still reaping its bitter harvest to this day!

But the song is an interesting one, and catchy. I have a feeling I’m going to be humming the refrain for the rest of the day, at least…