Saturday, May 14, 2011
Royal News Roundup
It seems, of course, an effort to remove the Prince of Hohenzollern from the succession but I think the King has already made it clear who he wishes to succeed him and all any of it has done so far is split the monarchist community between those who wish to adhere to the traditional rules of succession and those who wish to adhere to whatever the King desires. All of these antics of late have rather depressed me as I once had very high hopes for a restoration in Romania. King Michael was loved by many and respected by very many more yet all of these recent squabbles and efforts at re-arranging the succession, trying to “make” new princes and cancel the rights of others have, I am afraid, greatly lowered the image of the Romanian Royal House and certainly have not helped efforts to effect a restoration there.
Also involving the ‘southern front’ of European monarchy, HRH Prince Carlos Javier, Duke of Parma, recently issued a statement affirming his leadership of (at least one branch of the fractured movement of) the Carlists of Spain who now refer to him as “Don Carlos Javier II, King of the Spains”. This has caused a degree of embarrassment for the Dutch Royal Family who, of course, recognize HM Juan Carlos I as King of Spain -end of discussion. It is rather sad how the Carlists have fallen. Prince Carlos Javier is now the leader of the leftist branch of Carlism, opposed by the right-wing branch led by his uncle Prince Sixte-Henri. At this point the effort seems to be a “legitimism” of popular ideology, declaring any royal their legitimate leader who goes along with their left or right-wing views. Others will of course point out that with the death of the Carlist heir Alfonso Carlos de Borbon y Austria-Este in 1936 the senior male line descendant of King Carlos IV became King Alfonso XIII who is, as we know, the grandfather of King Juan Carlos I.
Somehow I missed the Prince of Wales visiting the United States last week (don’t recall seeing anything on TV about it either). On Tuesday the Prince arrived in Washington to visit a “city farm” in what the AFP called a “predominately Black neighborhood” -perhaps someone should clue them in that Washington is a predominately Black city, anyway, the Prince seemed to take it all in stride, even when some on-lookers attracted his attention by shouting, “Yo Charles, over here!” and another woman asked him for his autograph (which was not forthcoming of course -that is not done). The Prince spoke at Georgetown University on sustainable agriculture and attended an event to honor the allied British and American soldiers currently serving overseas. He also toured the US Supreme Court and had a short visit at the White House with President Obama.