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Why the Queen is never
going to abdicate

Telegraph [UK], by Harry Mount

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 1/30/2013 1:13:35 AM

Prince Charles must sometimes wish he could go Dutch. Aged only 74, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has just chosen to hand over the throne to her 45-year-old son, Prince Willem-Alexander. Meanwhile, our 86-year-old Queen shows no signs of passing on the top job to her 64-year-old heir, the oldest ever Prince of Wales. Is there any chance our Queen will follow Dutch precedent? Not an earthly, is the consensus among royal insiders. “She won’t abdicate,” says Sarah Bradford, author of Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times. “That’s not what she does, or what the British monarchy

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: coldoc, 1/30/2013 1:16:35 AM     (No. 9147681)

She also knows full well what a silly fop charlie is.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: PChristopher, 1/30/2013 1:54:53 AM     (No. 9147701)

I guess she needs the check. Other than that, would you want Charles as your boss?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 1/30/2013 2:10:27 AM     (No. 9147705)

Because she is a dignified lady who puts her duty to her country first.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: TXknitter, 1/30/2013 2:51:16 AM     (No. 9147718)

The Queen loves her son as much as we other mothers love our sons. Out of respect for her, I would never think otherwise. For Queen Elizabeth, love of country and devotion to duty means she is on the throne until her death. She never considered any other path. Her family knows this. With England literally fading before our eyes, I don´t think it matters much who is on the throne after Elizabeth. Just my take..

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 1/30/2013 6:49:59 AM     (No. 9147829)

Anti-monarchists must countenance the fact that eliminating the royalty would elevate some slimy MP to head of state for an indeterminate amount of time. Too horrible to contemplate.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: noproblems, 1/30/2013 7:21:04 AM     (No. 9147887)

will someone tell the Brits how silly they look with kings and queens in the 21st century.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/30/2013 9:09:50 AM     (No. 9148116)

Simply put, the Queen of England knows well her son...he is a total dufus!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: The Architect, 1/30/2013 9:10:11 AM     (No. 9148118)

The English Monarchy has been the embodyment and face of the British people since Alfred the Great in 849. The Brits can be rightfully proud of this tradition. Having said that, the Queen is a figurehead. She has no real power. The current Queen has admirably represented her people her whole life. Its a shame she has only that imbasillic twit Charles to pass the title to. I´m sure she could skip a generation and pass it on to William, but I´m sure she loves her son and would not embarrass him by doing that.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 1/30/2013 10:47:39 AM     (No. 9148373)

#8, HM cannot bypass Charles. It´s law, not whimsy. Charles is next in line.

I don´t know the details of the Law of Succession, as in what happens if the next-in-line is certifiably insane, but we all know what happens if he wants to marry someone who is entirely and legally unsuitable. Times have greatly changed since Edward abdicated so Camilla will not be a stumbling block to Charles succeeding his mother.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: udanja99, 1/30/2013 3:30:00 PM     (No. 9148996)

Bottom line - the queen is a very smart woman.

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