From the BBC article:
The ban on the monarch being married to a Roman Catholic was also lifted.
Interesting. I wonder if that would mean anything for HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who was, prior to his marriage to the Queen, the Prince of Greece and Denmark and from what accounts I've heard a fairly pious Orthodox Christian? Of course, he was made to convert to Anglicanism.
My understanding, from an Orthodox source, and not confirmed, is that HRH the Duke of Edinburgh quietly returned to Orthodoxy in the 1990s. I am not sure what exactly his current involvement in the Faith is.
Whether you like the monarchy or you're a hippie heathen commie, does anyone else think it's a tad odd when subjects try to call the shots regarding stuff like this? I understand that it's not a new occurrence, but it's still strange to me.
"Yes, yes, you are royalty and are entitled to honor and these privileges, but we know what's best and will dictate protocol to you."
They should know that if they push too hard, the Knights of the Realm such as Elton John, in all of his Anglo-Saxon might, shall be released on them.
God Save The Queen.
Agreed. HM the Queen is the only person in 16 realms told how Her Majesty's inheritance will be distributed.
About time, too!
I'm sure the politicians have more pressing matters to attend to than ending discrimination against people not even born yet. Meddling with the Constitution to score political points, I'm sure this will end well.
That's what I'd like to hear. I've heard several accounts that hint at HRH having a very pious Orthodox devotion, even to this very day. Perhaps this will pass on to his children? icons of Christ and the Theotokos did make an appearance at the latest royal wedding, after all...
HRH the Prince of Wales is known to have strong connections to Mount Athos, HRH the Duke of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry have visited with him before. The Prince of Wales apparently also meets regularly with an Orthodox priest in Wales. When he married the Duchess of Cornwall, the Nicene Creed at their wedding was also without the Filioque.
HM could refuse royal assent, but monarchs never do that anymore.
Her Majesty has made it known that the move has her blessing.
the monarchy is already an antiquated system.
On the contrary, constitutional monarchy, for all it's faults, is the first modern system of government.
it has no tangible power,
Not true. The Crown has several reserve powers, to be used only in an emergency situation or constitutional crisis. In my province for example, legislation was denied Royal Assent several times in the 1930s--legislation which later was shown to be unconstitutional in nature.
it stands only for its historic value.
Although the monarchy has great historic value, it also provides other benefits as well.
In any case: "[A] king is a king, not because he is rich and powerful, not because he is a successful politician, not because he belongs to a particular creed or to a national group. He is King because he is born. And in choosing to leave the selection of their head of state to this most common denominator in the world--the accident of birth--Canadians implicitly proclaim their faith in human equality; their hope for the triumph of nature over political manoeuvre, over social and financial interest; for the victory of the human person." - Jacques Monet, Canadian historian.