Saturday, March 19, 2011

Prince Willam and Kate

Prince William and Catherine Middleton are getting married. It's big news in England, and why not for William will one day be King. Check the news on just about any day and you'll find some blurb about the royal couple. It can be trivial - should she use Kate, or a little more serious - the progressive guest list (wedding -reception-all the way to the intimate family party later).

But there is a more important question in my mind, and I think many of you have this in the back of yours, as well. I'm English by birth. I have more than a casual intrest in who will be the next King of England.

Anyone remember KIng Edward VIII? He had to abdicate the English throne in order to marry Wallis Simpson, a divorced American woman. That put his brother, George VI on the throne (the subject of the King's Speech). When Elizabeth's own sister, Prince Margaret wanted to marry a divorced man, she said no. Once again, for those who don't know royal etiquette, highborn royals have to ask permission from the reigning Monarch to marry. Divorced partners are generally frowned upon, and never for the King/Queens.

So, that brings us to Prince Charles. Queen Elizabeth II let her son and heir do what a King could not. Charles was allowed what Elizabeth's sister was denied. Was a bargain made, Camilla for the throne? Is William to be King instead of Charles? Think about it as we all stay glued to that TV on April 29th.

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