Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Congratulations to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Today they mark 65 years of marriage
Catholic Herald ^ | Tuesday, 20 November 2012 | Francis Phillips

Posted on 11/21/2012 4:33:31 PM PST by iowamark

They are an example to follow but also a splendid and royal rebuke to our times

Congratulations to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh who have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary today. It is a significant achievement. I don’t mean the longevity aspect which is out of their hands, a mixture of luck and good genes; I mean the example they have set the country of a faithful and enduring marriage, based on mutual affection and respect. According to the Telegraph report, Prince Philip wrote to the Queen Mother on his honeymoon, saying that his wife was “the only ‘thing’ in the world which is absolutely real to me and my ambition is to weld the two of us into a new combined existence that will not only be able to withstand the shocks directed at us but will also have a positive existence for the good”.

They have certainly had shocks, public and private: the general carping and sniping of republican sentiment over the decades, directed at a seemingly privileged family, out of touch with ordinary life; the collapse of three of their children’s marriages; the extraordinary – and critical – response to the death of their troubled daughter-in-law, Diana; relentless and inquisitive publicity at all times. And yet it is still obvious that, as a couple, they have not only endured but triumphed. I once tried to get my brother, who had served as an equerry to the Duke of Edinburgh for two years in his youth, to give me some inside information on “The Firm”. Quite rightly he refused; he would only vouchsafe that “they are a great team”.

Such teamwork is what a solid marriage is all about and the Duke of Edinburgh must be given credit for the part he has played. A natural leader, yet unable because of his position as consort to be the public head of his family, it is clear he has led it in private. The Queen’s words at her Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2007 say it all: “He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim or we shall ever know.”

The Telegraph report strikes one ominous note, stating: “The average age for people getting married is now in their 30s. Coupled with that is the fact that divorce has become much easier and more commonplace since the 1960 and 70s, so the chance of anyone surpassing the Queen’s record becomes ever more unlikely.” This record might seem an anachronism in today’s society, when we have a Tory prime minister who has pledged to change the definition of marriage for good, and when marriage as it stands is disadvantaged in our tax system. However, I prefer to think it is a splendid and royal rebuke to our times, as well as a challenge to aspire to the example this good couple have shown us.


TOPICS: History; Society
KEYWORDS: queenelizabethii; royals

1 posted on 11/21/2012 4:33:41 PM PST by iowamark
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: iowamark

The queen and the Duke are indeed most impressive individuals.

As for their progeny...as Thumper’s mother said...


2 posted on 11/21/2012 4:37:22 PM PST by Da Coyote
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: iowamark

Democracy and Monarchy are BOTH Mob Rule by mobsters..

The English haven’t figured that out yet..
England will become Islamic eventually the demographics prove it....

No worries.. democracy, monarchy, and Islamic Law are all Mob Rule by mobsters..
NOTHING WILL CHANGE..


3 posted on 11/21/2012 4:44:38 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: iowamark
". . . the extraordinary – and critical – response to the death of their troubled daughter-in-law, Diana; . . . "

To quote Mark Steyn in Passing Parade (Mark Steyn Book Store):

". . . aggressive empathy. Their message to their Sovereign was in essence: If you can't come out and feel our pain, we'll come in and give you some of your own to feel. Through a spokesman, the Queen protested to the British people that she was not indifferent to their grief."

Hang on: She's not indifferent to their grief? The Queen, who had know Diana Spencer since was a little girl, has to prove that she grieves as much as people who have never met her?"

4 posted on 11/21/2012 5:00:22 PM PST by synbad600
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: iowamark

Such a handsome and dignified couple. How did they produce that oaf Charles?


5 posted on 11/21/2012 5:00:22 PM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: synbad600

Diana was a publicity-addicted tramp.


6 posted on 11/21/2012 5:01:56 PM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Bigg Red

tramp?

Phillip has bagged a few, that is for sure


7 posted on 11/21/2012 5:15:26 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Bigg Red
Be that as it may, the Queen was laden with scorn for not meeting the "standards" of "the people".
8 posted on 11/21/2012 5:24:42 PM PST by synbad600
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: iowamark

As England has slid into the sewer (abortion, Islam) the Queen hasn’t uttered a peep.

What kind of “leadership” or “example” is this?

Irrelevance is the word.


9 posted on 11/21/2012 5:35:09 PM PST by Arthur McGowan (If you're FOR sticking scissors in a baby girl's neck and sucking out her brains, you are PRO-WOMAN!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: iowamark

National Lampoon published a picture of the royal couple as lower class Brits at home in their messy flat at the end of the day.

The queen was wearing a housecoat and fuzzy slippers, with her hair in curlers under her crown, a cigarette dangling from her lip and a can of beer in her hand.

The unshaven Duke was asleep on the couch in front of the TV, with an open copy of the News of the World tabloid in his lap, wearing a ‘wife-beater’ t-shirt, slacks with the suspenders pulled down, torn socks.


10 posted on 11/21/2012 5:52:59 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Arthur McGowan

No, the monarchy is not irrelevant. No Christian can believe that.

The Queen’s inability to impose ordered Christian decency on her realm is not her fault. She does her best within her powers, which is all God asks. It is not her fault that she inherited a protestant crown.


11 posted on 11/21/2012 6:01:54 PM PST by Romulus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: synbad600

“The Queen, who had know Diana Spencer since was a little girl, has to prove that she grieves as much as people who have never met her?”

Diana may have been one of those most loved by those who knew her least.


12 posted on 11/21/2012 6:01:54 PM PST by Mr Rogers (America is becoming California, and California is becoming Detroit. Detroit is already hell.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Bigg Red

The guy on her right might have had something to do with it.
Just saying!


13 posted on 11/21/2012 6:02:04 PM PST by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2012! Allez Pack!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Mr Rogers
Diana may have been one of those most loved by those who knew her least.

Interesting.

14 posted on 11/21/2012 6:08:32 PM PST by ladyjane (For the first time in my life I am not proud of my country.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: iowamark

Elizabeth and Phillip are, no doubt, the last of English royalty to “carry on” regardless of personal desires or conflicts. When she goes, so goes whatever devotion the British people cling to for traditional monarchy, figuratively or otherwise.


15 posted on 11/21/2012 7:02:53 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mr Rogers
Diana may have been one of those most loved by those who knew her least.

The more I read about her, the more I am convinced that she was a major drama queen all around pain-in-the-ass.

16 posted on 11/21/2012 7:05:48 PM PST by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Huntress

Diana’s star has faded in the years since her death. Her selfish actions made life difficult for her children and damaged the monarchy. Fortunately her two boys have turned out reasonably well.


17 posted on 11/22/2012 12:03:15 AM PST by Ciexyz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: yldstrk

That may well be — don’t know one way or the other — but how does that change what I said?


18 posted on 11/22/2012 5:18:22 AM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: synbad600

Be that as it may, the Queen was laden with scorn for not meeeting the “standards” of “the people”.

***
I would be willing to bet that it was the media and not the people dealing out such scorn.


19 posted on 11/22/2012 5:20:04 AM PST by Bigg Red (Sorry, Mr. Franklin, I guess we couldn't keep it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Bigg Red

does it change what you said or does it add to what you said, geez some people are so touchy


20 posted on 11/22/2012 5:26:09 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Huntress
"The more I read about her, the more I am convinced that she was a major drama queen all around pain-in-the-ass."

This.

Without making excuses for Charles' infidelity, few men know how to deal with hysterical women who throw themselves down flights of stairs to get attention.

Diana manipulated the press so she would seem to be the wonderful mother, and Charles a terrible father. Remember the photo of her on board a ship, running to meet her boys with her arms outstretched? She staged it; made certain the press would be there to snap it. When she was going through her divorce, she used her children as her therapists, piling her marital problems on them and forcing them to be her comforters.

One of the worst things she did, IMO, was a sleazy tell-all interview on British TV which humiliated William, who was away at school. He was furious with her and said later that his dad never embarrassed him, but his mom often did.

So, no....I'm not a subscriber to the Diana "mystique."

21 posted on 11/22/2012 3:11:07 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (The idiocracy has come home to roost. God help us.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: CatherineofAragon

Tellingly, homosexuals are. Is it her mental illness, being an attention whore, manipulation, depression, the media story that she was scorned? What attracts them to her?


22 posted on 11/23/2012 6:08:12 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: 1010RD

I would guess it’s all of the aforementioned. She also dressed well and was attractive, which was a plus. I’ve worked with homosexual males, and they’re attracted by all of those qualities.


23 posted on 11/23/2012 9:47:40 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (The idiocracy has come home to roost. God help us.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson