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Posted on 08/16/2012 3:38:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Mike Hastings, 71, was a real-life aristocrat, born the 14th earl of Loudoun, who moved to Australia in 1960 in search of adventure.
He made international headlines in 2004 when a Channel Four documentary team conducted extensive research into the monarchy and concluded his ancestors were cheated out of the crown in the 15th century.
Hastings, an avowed republican, died on June 30 and was buried today in Jerilderie, about 465 miles southwest of Sydney, the local Wagga Wagga Daily Advertiser reported.
He was a descendant of England's House of York, whose dynastic struggle with the House of Lancaster became known as the Wars of the Roses and was dramatised by William Shakespeare.
The British documentary found documents in France's Rouen Cathedral he believed showed King Edward IV, who ruled with a brief interruption from 1461 to 1483, was illegitimate.
Historian Michael Jones believes that Edward's father Richard of York was fighting the French at Pontoise when he was conceived.
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I would rather drive a forklift than be a slacker in the Royal Family and mooching off the British Tax Payer.
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Sorry to hear that Mr. Hastings has died. I downloaded the program hosted by Tony Robinson several years ago, and was amazed at the story.
They are not “moochers” - the Crown Trust contributes far more to the UK Treasury than the House of Windsor spends, not to mention all the further revenue in tourism they generate.
Indeed they do and as heads of state go, I think Her Majesty is good value compared to certain presidents. . . . .
You could have forklift races around Balmoral.
And I’d rather have a monarch than a choice between a man who thinks he’s a god and a man who believes he will become one.
Lay off the Orthodox will you?
I agree. Also Mike Hastings seems to have refrained from weird behavior and strange marriages, unlike a certain other family in England.
The town where he lived, Jerilderie, makes very fine cheese - rich double brie. Make sure to get some if ever you are in the area.