The concept of monarchy

#1
I will admit Rolf Harris painting HM The Queen is not my ideal television viewing but this strangely addictive programme got me thinking about the whole idea of monarchy. A phrase used by one of the other artists about the lack of vanity when painting the Royals, or their self-discipline, in not worrying about the size of their nose in a painting, compared to captains of industry posed a few questions.

I am sure this probably isn't the forum for open debate on the Royal Family, but the idea of having someone who is above the sordid business of politics with natural vanity that ensues for the type of person attracted to that, makes me feel proud to be British.

God Bless you Ma'am.
 
#2
Just watched Rolf's "Painting The Queen", and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was engaging, and rather humbling viewing. Going to check out the actual portrait tomorrow.
 
#3
Hear Hear Fishhead, if only she would apply her consitutional powers and rid us of this foul new labour syndicate, suspend Parliment and appoint Phil the greek Lord Protector!
 
#4
I too enjoyed it. HM The Queen was very relaxed about it all.

So much for all the knockers who go on about her alleged toffyness. She comes across as a very normal person despite her position.
 
#5
Inf/MP said:
I too enjoyed it. HM The Queen was very relaxed about it all.

So much for all the knockers who go on about her alleged toffyness. She comes across as a very normal person despite her position.
i think it is down to the fact she is "Old Money" and possibly dont feel the need to be flash.

an observation i have of "New Money" is their brashness, fast cars, bling, bad attitude toward others less "rich" and ironically aspire to immitate teh Gentry lifestyle of "Old Money" but not quite getting there.
 
#7
Thought HRH was ace - came across really really well. Rolf was pretty cool too, he's risen massively in my estimation.
 
#8
fish-head said:
the idea of having someone who is above the sordid business of politics with natural vanity that ensues for the type of person attracted to that, makes me feel proud to be British.

God Bless you Ma'am.
Indeed! Well said. I'm happy abd proud that it's HM's Government and not TCB's government. Power or not, the idea that there is someone above the sorry little tw@ts we have in the House makes me happy.
 
#9
Cowhead said:
Thought HRH was ace
I didn't spot any HRHs on the programme - just HM the Queen. Off to the Tower with you! :D

HM was fantastic. I thought the painting was better than some of the other efforts shown. The opinion I'd like to hear is Phil the Greek's, however.
 
#11
Agreed, it was strangly compulsive viewing. I was impressed by the effort Rolf Harris was putting into the project and thought that HM was remarkably relaxed whilst sitting for it (although the programme did mention that she has her portrait done 5-6 times a year). Love to know her real opinion on some of the portraits of her though.
 
#12
Do you as individuals feel represented by the monarchy?
 
#14
Birdie_Numnums said:
I feel wonderfully represented by the Queen, how about you sawdusty?
I'd give it a shot, 'ceptin' I'm an Ummurican.
 
#16
Interesting comment Steamy. This is of course the very reason why Australians have successively rejected referendum of changing to a Republic. Not because the majority want to necessarily stay under the Westminster system but because no one has yet presented a republican model that is better.
 
#17
sawdusty said:
Birdie_Numnums said:
I feel wonderfully represented by the Queen, how about you sawdusty?
I'd give it a shot, 'ceptin' I'm an Ummurican.

Just think, if you were still a Colonial it would be a choice between George Bush jnr(?) and Tony Bliar, but at least the "Man in Charge" is HM the Queen......
 
#18
sawdusty said:
Do you as individuals feel represented by the monarchy?
More than sufficiently represented and wonderfully so, as well. :D That said, I don't feel represented by TCB or his government.
 
#19
OK hypothetically, in the highly unlikely event, if it became clear that Princess DI had been murdered at the behest of the Royal Family (or even the Queen) what should we do?

1) Become a Republic

2) Decapitation stratergy for the Windsors (I give you Wills your undoubted King)

3) Answer the Duke of Westminsters call and March Upon London...........

4) There are plenty of people in Wales called Tudor maybe one of them ...............

Trotsky
 
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#20
Trotsky said:
OK hypothetically, in the highly unlikely event, if it became clear that Princess DI had been murdered at the behest of the Royal Family (or even the Queen) what should we do?

1) Become a Republic

2) Decapitation stratergy for the Windsors (I give you Wills your undoubted King)

3) Answer the Duke of Westminsters call and March Upon London...........

4) There are plenty of people in Wales called Tudor maybe one of them ...............

Trotsky
Cheer!
 

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