Thursday, January 24, 2008

So where was Charlie boy?

Not exactly an issue to dump the monarchy over, but even a royalist like me agrees someone from the Royal family should have been at Ed Hillary's funeral.
True, the Queen and Prince Philip are getting on a bit, so they may be excused.
Edward has just become a dad again, so he might be forgiven for not wanting to head south either.
Though you would think one of the royals, either Charles, Andrew or Anne might have taken advantage of some warm Kiwi sunshine instead of a bleak UK winter.
Perhaps even Fergie could have attended followed by some frollicking on a Northland or Coromandel beach.
And I'm sure Camilla would have found some horses to enjoy too.
Now, The Times produces the Court Circular every day.
It appears the royals were quite busy on the day of the funeral.
And the Queen did get the governor general attend, and there was the memorial service at Windsor, but nothing too pressing they could not have skipped out of.
Charles , for example, was meeting with mutton promoters and opening a refurbished Civic building.
Of course, if Charlie was keen to curb his global footprint, then maybe he could have beamed himself to Parnell, like he did to Dubai for a world energy summit, saving 20 tonnes of Greenhouse gases by not flying!
Either way, some major royal should have attended. They were badly advised not to.

1 comment:

Dave Mann said...

I agree entirely that at least SOME member of the Royal Family should have attended the funeral.... especially given that Sir Edmund Hillary was a member of the Order of the bloody Garter! This is meant to be a really special honour, limited to only 24 members and is the Queen's 'closest council'

According to Wikepedia: "The Most Noble Order of the Garter is an order of chivalry, or knighthood, originating in medieval England, and presently bestowed on recipients in any of the Commonwealth realms; it is the pinnacle of the honours system in the United Kingdom. Membership in the order is limited to the sovereign, the Prince of Wales, and no more than twenty-four members, or Companions; the order also comprises Supernumerary knights and ladies, (e.g. members of the British Royal Family and foreign monarchs)."

I think the Royal family and their advisers must have considered long beforehand what they would do when certain more elderly of the Companions popped off. After all, Sir Edmund had reached a venerable age and his death was harly unexpected. Britain, as a whole, is giving New Zealand a message about the severence of ties here and it
cannot fail to be understood, at least in diplomatic circles.

A further message they are probably sending by this open snub is that as NZ (or rather, its eco-lesbo-socialist leadership) don't think that British honours are any longer relevant, then they are returning the sentiment.