Friday, May 18, 2018

ROYAL WEDDING

      The world has been told continuously for the last few months that Prince Harry is marrying Meaghan. Now I'm not excited about this event. I fully understand why some people would be keenly interested and I'm not trying to offend those who are going to follow the event.

     When I was bought up the King and Queen were highly thought of by my Mom . My mother was a royal follower. I remember listening on the radio to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip's marriage in 1948. Our radio wasn't working so we get dressed up as if we were going to church and went to the neighbors to listen to the ceremony.

     King George VI toured close to our town in 1939. I know I was there. My Mom was pregnant with me at that time.

    My Mom also made sure I saw Queen Elizabeth when  she visited Saskatoon , Sask in 1958. The Queen drove by and was gone in about 5 seconds.

    So I've been exposed to royalty in a positive way  but I'm not interested in them. Yes , I do sing God save the Queen when it needs to be sung.

    Now I know that the Queen is a formal and constitutional part of our government and parliamentary system. Queen Elizabeth is the Queen of Canada. 

    Now she is  to sign every bill passed in parliament before the bill becomes law.  Since she doesn't live her she has official representatives who do her duties. We have a Governor General who acts for the national government. Governor General , Julie Payette visited Alberta last week.

 Each province has a Lieutenant governor General who signs provincial government bills into law. I couldn't tell you the name the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta .

    So I may not be interested in the pomp and ceremony but I somewhat understand the constitutional place of the Monarchy.

31 comments:

  1. I'm not a monarchist but I'll likely watch the wedding. I wish the best for Prince Harry. I always felt so bad about his parent's and the death of his beloved mother and I hope he finds real happiness.

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    1. Harry has not had a very easy life.

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  2. I love the pomp and circumstance, but would not wait for hours to see it in real life.

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    1. Since the queen was driving by I hung around for an hour. I had to please Mom.

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  3. I think we Americans are quite fascinated with royalty, as long as it is someone else's. The pageantry is fun to watch.

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    1. There's a lot of hype to it. I like looking at some of the history. I really liked the book on King Henry the VIII . they were a bunch of savages.

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  4. I follow the royals a bit and I'll be happy to watch the wedding. I watched Charles & Diana's wedding when I was little and I watched Diana's funeral. I wouldn't bother to go and watch their car drive past.

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  5. I will enjoy all the pictures of the wedding, but there was no way I would be getting up in the middle of the night to watch it live. :-)

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    1. I guess there's been reruns all day.

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  6. I watched some of the wedding, lots of people in the USA love the royals. I hope the royal couple is very happy. Enjoy your day!

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    1. It's a very showy performance. Happiness is the main thing.

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  7. I like the tradition, and it helps to have a head of state who's above it all, but I haven't watched today's ceremony.

    I've seen the Queen and Prince Philip when they were last here in 2010, passing by as their car pulled away from the Museum of Nature, so that's as close as I've come to royalty. I've seen other members- Prince Charles, Will and Kate, and Princess Anne- at a bit more of a distance during visits. I have said hello to Princess Margriet of the Dutch royals, but she has personal bonds here and comes back on a regular basis.

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    1. Ottawa gets these people every time they tour Canada.

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  8. I watched part of it live cause I was up early. I found it interesting:)

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    1. It's a good well orchestrated show.

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  9. Fox news had it on this morning when we got up.It was the back end of everything but I really enjoy seeing it all and the news showed us bits and pieces of everything that had happened. I remember neighbors of my Minnesota cabin coming over at 4 in the morning to watch Philip and Diana’s wedding on my small color tv.

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    1. It's an artistic show with color, movement and shapes. Pageantry I guess.

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  10. I love royal weddings and I did get up at 4:00 this morning to see it. I enjoyed hearing about the royal Canadian connections and how much it meant to your Mother!

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    1. Well, I guess Queen Elizabeth's wedding was the last one for me. There was no TV so just listen to the radio.

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  11. I don't have a problem with the monarchy or the broadcast of royal weddings or any other event. It's a welcome relief from politics, as the monarchy is above that!

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    1. I do not watch one second of TV all year so I miss all the BS.

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  12. Americans seem to like all the pomp and circumstance in spite of past ill feeling towards previous monarch named George...:)

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    1. But Americans have much pomp and circumstance with their military.

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  13. I truly enjoyed the wedding. I let everything go, politics (we're in the middle of an Ontario election), war, violence. I enjoyed looking at the beautiful people. My dad was born in England, my grandmother went back to live there after the kids were grown. She was so much more a part of Canada when we were a colony. It's a new generation.

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  14. I watched some of the wedding live since I was up early. I don't really care about the monarchy but weddings are always very joyful occasions. And seeing young people in love is uplifting.

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  15. Would have had to get up at 5am to watch, so I missed. A number of people watched who attended church this morning.

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  16. Watched it on my time, via DVR, and loved every moment of it, and yes, cried happily in a few spots. Then I got on with my day. :)

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  17. Hi Red, long time since I've made the time to browse Blogger and the first person I connected with tonight is you to see how you've been doing. I'm in agreement with you on the Royal hoopla, I couldn't be bothered with watching the wedding... not when I have my very own princess! :-) I'll blog tomorrow regarding the event today. Hope you have yourself a fantastic holiday Monday! Cheers.

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  18. I probably would have watched but we were traveling and on the road all day. I am enjoying the photos on the Internet, especially the official ones that came out today (Monday). It's nice to have something positive and uplifting in the news. I'm so sick of American politics..

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  19. Interesting to hear how the royalty fits into Canadian government. I saw the Queen once too, in Florida, and she did the same to me -- drove right by and vanished in an instant. I think I sort of saw her face. But only sort of.

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