The latest curse against the Queen’s second son was given by councilors in the northern English city of York, who unanimously voted on Wednesday to snatch the Prince of their Freedom of the City.
The award was given to him in 1987, and his removal sends a strong message: Andrew, the Duke of York, is unpopular with the place where he takes his royal address.
The move had the support of all parties in the political arena. The Liberal Democrats, the council’s largest group, said in a statement: “We have made it clear that it is not appropriate for Prince Andrew to represent York and its people. Removing this title sends the right message that we As a city, it stands with the victims of abuse. “
Despite the end of the civil trial, Andrew’s long association with Epstein has tarnished his reputation as a senior monarch.
The title was a wedding gift from the Queen, and would require a vote in the British Parliament to annul it. So far no one was able to send in the perfect solution, which is not strange. But if they do, and it passes, Elizabeth will have to sign the law in her role as head of state. It would be an insult to the prince, who had already agreed to refrain from using the title “His Royal Highness” after being deprived of his royal duties and patronage by his mother.
It cannot reach this place. Rachel Muscle, a Member of Parliament for York Central, has suggested that Andrew may voluntarily relinquish his title.
There is no suggestion from Prince Andrew that he intends to do so. If he did, his last remaining title would be “Prince”, a birthright for any of the king’s sons. Once again, an Act of Parliament would be needed to end it.
Andrew was stripped of his military honors and charitable patronage in February. A royal source told CNN at the time that he would no longer use the “His Royal Highness” style in any official position, adding that the decision had been “widely discussed” in the royal family.
Neither Buckingham Palace nor Andrew’s personal spokesman has commented on the council vote in York, but the fact is that Prince is taking the headlines ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June. It will be frustrating for those involved in the construction.
And it remains to be seen whether the royal family is inclined to acknowledge the pressure against Andrew, or to take the opposite path by gradually trying to reintroduce him into public life.
Although she no longer has a government role, she is still part of the family. That’s why we saw Andrew at Prince Philip’s Memorial Service, which was shown on television but was primarily a family affair. When Andrew emerged, he was leading his mother down the aisle to her seat – a reminder that public anger does not dictate every decision of the palace.
The family will now consider whether to include Andrew in the jubilee events. The current thinking is that they will not be involved in more formal and official functions, but we can see this when the family takes on its traditional look on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Don’t give up
Another harsh royal visit to the Caribbean.
Prince Edward and Sophie have become the second royal couple in weeks to face strange questions about the kingdom’s place in the world during a visit to the Caribbean, Wessex County.
The prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda told the couple in a face-to-face meeting on Monday that “one day they want to be a republic”, months after Barbados stepped in and severed formal ties with the queen.
According to the British news agency PA Media, Queen Elizabeth’s youngest child Edward, who was on the trip, laughed nervously in response to the comments.
Prime Minister Gaston Brown also raised the issue of slavery compensation, an issue that has come to the fore in recent months in the form of frequent protests.
Edward and Sophie encountered small but constant demonstrations on the sidelines of their official engagements during the multinational tour. In St. Lucia, a small group of workers held a royal walkout. One protester told the PA: “We want compensation now. The Queen of England needs to apologize for her slavery.”
The couple had already canceled one leg of their trip at the last minute, abruptly announcing last week that they would not be going to Grenada. No reason was given for the delay.
Imperial visits have long attracted activists, but in recent months the tone of the protests has changed as the notion of republicanism has become a reality in some nations.
It would have been unusual for a Commonwealth leader to tell senior members of the royal family in front of the press that he wanted to leave the kingdom behind. But Edward and Sophie would have expected the issue to come up this time.
Prince William spoke on the subject during his March trip, discussing Britain’s historic role in slavery in his only speech during the couple’s stop in Jamaica, condemning the “despicable” act and expressing his “deep sorrow”. Expressed.
But some protesters are demanding a tougher response, such as a formal amnesty from the royal family, or compensation to the affected countries.
In some parts of the Commonwealth, the legacy of slavery remains at the forefront and center, and as these questions persist, the global reach of the monarchy may be further diminished.
Queen Windsor is back.
Elizabeth II was in good spirits when she returned to Windsor Castle after a week-long hiatus at Sandringham Estate. The queen met with the president of Switzerland on Thursday and could attend the state opening of parliament within two weeks before her jubilee celebrations in early June. Observers will be relieved to see him back at work. Over the past few months, Queen Cowde has suffered and has been forced to withdraw from Easter services due to mobility issues.
Charles praises journalists in Ukraine.
Ed Sheeran and Corgi are signing up to please the puppet queen.
Details are emerging about the public holiday that will mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June – and it looks like an election show. The musical tribute by Ed Sheeran will be part of the £ 15 Million Platinum Jubilee Pageant, it was confirmed on Tuesday. A packet of Korgi puppets will also go to the center, with organizers saying there will be a scene of “ridiculous chaos” at The Mall outside Buckingham Palace. Other highlights include singer Cliff Richard, an aerial artist hanging under a giant helium balloon, a group of maple dancers and a moving wedding cake that will star in successful Bollywood movies. We will keep the decision safe till the big day.
Picture of the week
Breaking News: Prince Charles and Camilla try their hand at broadcasting from a BBC News set in London. Charles said he had seen journalists “trembling on the roofs” while reporting from Ukraine.
Prince Harry gave a powerful speech to his rivals to stop the Invictus Games in the Netherlands. The tournament he set up was twice postponed due to epidemics, and the fifth edition was finally held in The Hague this month.