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.
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