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A defence of the Crown in The Sheaf December 28, 2013

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In the University of Saskatchewan student paper The Sheaf some time ago an excellent article was written robustly rebutting republican arguments against the Crown.

‘As Canadians, we should support the constitutional monarchy — including the recent birth of our future king, Prince George of Cambridge.

Prince George was born over-a-month ago and, while I agree such extravagant media coverage is unjustified, pointedly rejecting the monarchy merely gives more publicity to a family who already gets enough attention because of their status. Further publicizing the issue only serves to legitimize the American media’s bizarre celebrity worship of a monarchy they have nothing to do with.

It is no secret that the Royal Family is not overly fond of the media — paparazzi had a heavy hand in the death of Princess Diana — so why on earth would Prince William want to have his new family subjected to the same media circus his mother endured? This kind of attention is not asked for.’


(The remainder of the article may be found on The Sheaf website.


Revelation of the Royal Baby’s Name July 24, 2013

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The Duke of Cambridge has announced the name of his son, and His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis shall, providence willing, in the fullness of time ascend the throne as George VII.

I shall refrain from tooting my own horn but it was just the name I predicted. George is a name that first came into royal use with the Hanoverian dynasty in the early 18th century, and has been the name of such great sovereigns as George III whose loyal subjects built Canada in the aftermath of the American Rebellion, and of whom the Prince of Wales has said “that he is the king he most respects, describing him as a good man who was
simply misunderstood.” More recently in the 20th century we had King George V who served nobly under the pressures of such calamities as the Great War and the Great Depression, and George VI who was the first reigning king to visit Canada and who reigned during the Second World War. Prince George shall doubtless live up to his namesakes.


P.S. I must note that the article did annoy me in referring to the Duchess of Cambridge as “Kate Middleton” did they somehow miss the Royal Wedding a couple of years ago?

Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to a boy! July 22, 2013

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The Duchess of Cambridge has just given birth to a boy! He is the first grandchild of the Prince of Wales and is third in line to the throne after Prince Charles and the Duke of Cambridge.


PM congratulates the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their first child
22 July 2013
Ottawa, Ontario
… Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement after Buckingham Palace announced the birth of Their Royal Highnesses

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child:
“Canadians are delighted to learn of the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son, and we offer our heartfelt congratulations to the Royal Couple and the entire Royal Family.

“The arrival of the newest member of the Royal Family, a future Sovereign of Canada, is a highly anticipated moment for Canadians given the special and warm relationship that we share with our Royal Family.

“This new beginning reminds us of the remarkable and enduring relationship our country has enjoyed with generations of the Royal Family.  We recall with fondness the years of unfailing service by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and their deep affection for and loyalty to this country.  We also recall the Royal Tour by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who were so warmly received in Canada only two years ago. We look forward to their return to Canada  and to being able to introduce their child to Canada and all Canadians.

“Laureen and I send our best wishes of health and happiness to the new parents as they embark on this exciting chapter in their lives.”


CN Tower will tell us if royal baby is boy or girl July 14, 2013

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The CN Tower in Toronto shall light up either pink or blue depending upon the sex of the Cambridge’s child.

“Canada’s National Tower joins the rest of the world in looking forward to news of the birth of the royal baby,” said CN public relations manager Irene Knight. “In honour of the royal birth, the CN Tower top of the hour show (duration of 8 minutes) will feature a solid blue or pink on the evening that the birth is announced,” she said.”

This child shall be third in line to the throne after the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge, apparently the names most popular with British bookies are Elizabeth, Alexandra, Charlotte and Diana.

If it’s a boy, the smart money is reportedly on George, James and Louis. An interesting (and potentially tricky) fact concerns regnal numbers for another King James is that, although James II was the last British monarch to bear the name (not counting Jacobite pretenders) he was James VII of Scotland, and there has been controversy (most recently early on in our present Queen’s reign) over appropriate regnal numbers when Scotland and England have not shared the same number of monarchs with the same name. Winston Churchill wanted to avoid controversy over this by using whichever of the two numerals from the English and Scottish sequences  was higher although I do not think that compromise is official, and of course there is the interesting question of whether such a compromise would apply for the Queen’s other dominions (like Canada). For those reasons, as well as the fact that historians do not esteem James I as much as they ought to, and James II of course bears the dubious distinction as the last of our sovereigns to be violently overthrown (in 1688)  I have always assumed that we would not have another King James any time soon, but of course I would be overjoyed if they chose such as obviously grand and regal name!

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Three Days April 26, 2011

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Just three days remain until the wedding of the century. Monarchists and Royal Watchers around Canada and the world will be watching, thanks in part to our national broadcasters – CBC, CTV, Global – who are closely covering the event. And you can also watch the ceremonies live through the official wedding website.

Check out the list of celebrations going on across Canada that the League has compiled.

If you or someone you know are planning a party in Saskatoon or area, let us know!