The Other I

September 16, 2012

Royals past, present, and fictional

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 3:33 pm

For a very small number of people, I am the official link to English Matters Royal.  So here is the latest update, which I imagine should suffice for now.

Re-enactors at the possible site of Richard III's burial, Leicester   The Queen has rejected a royal place of rest for Richard III, if indeed it is confirmed that the body found in the Leicester car park belongs to his royal personage.  Richard’s wife is buried in Westminster Abbey where, unfortunately, there is already a plaque dating to 1764 condemning her husband for murdering his two nephews.  So Richard’s bones will probably eventually be moved from the ignominious car park to a place in Leicester Cathedral which is close to the Battle of Bosworth where he fell.  Alternatively, Richard had begun plans to build a chapel at York Minister, where he is still popular.  There is some black humour in the alternatives suggested for his tombstone.  But in this case, my guess is that decorum will prevail.





Speaking of decorum, the pictures of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless with her husband, Prince William, in a secluded balcony on a private estate is still front page news here.  William is reportedly livid with anger, and they are breaking with tradition by going to court on Monday.  There is a law in France that pictures cannot be published without the consent of those photographed, but the newspapers publishing the photos think they will get more money from sales than they will lose in court.  The sympathies of the British people at this point are largely with William and Kate.  Like the photographers chasing his mother, Diana, on the night she died, these photographs of William and his wife were taken in France.  They must have been shot with a very powerful lens because the nearest place from which they could have been seen is three-quarters of a mile away.  This is not like the photos of Prince Harry taken in a hotel room in Vegas playing strip billiards.  William and Kate had every reason to believe they were in a private setting.  If they don’t stop this invasion now, their lives will be hell until they are dead.




Shirley MacLaine Sends Dispatches from the Downton Abbey Set | Maggie Smith, Shirley MacLaine




And finally there is Downton Abbey, Series 3, which begins over here tonight.  Shirley MacLaine arrives from America as a worthy counterpart to Maggie Smith.


  1. I can’t wait for Downton Abbey…loved it!and I think Kate should go starkers on the balcony and say, “Have at it …this is me…enjoy.”and be done with it.What’s so shameful about our bodies? Take the power away from the paparazzi…Like our black youth are doing with the word “nigger”…”nigga” etconly they can say it…Why anyone would purchase these rags and encourage them is beyond me. WHO CARES?SHE HAS BREASTS>>>SURPRISE!!!Beth Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2012 15:33:47 +0000 To:


    Comment by E Bastasch — September 16, 2012 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for your comment. It is especially welcome.

      Yes, we’re looking forward to Downton Abbey too. It starts here in about an hour.

      I remember when we moved to Spain standing in the real estate office and a young Scot who was working there looked out the window and saw several women walking by topless. He called to the young woman working with him “Susan, come look at this! they aren’t wearing any tops!” To which Susan laconically replied “Duff, I’ve seen a lot of breasts in my life; I don’t need to see any more.”

      On the other hand, Kate is married to the man who will one day be king, whose mother was effectively killed by paparazzi, whose grandmother is queen. There is no way her husband would be willing for her to try to solve the problem by called their bluff. (I doubt my husband would stand for it either, come to think of it. Glad I don’t have the problem though.) But besides William not standing for it, the strategy would never work. Believe me, they would just shout for more with probably a mouthful of obscenities to boot.

      What they are doing is continuing with their tour in the Queen’s name with great dignity and smiles. Good for them. It’s enough to make you wish America had such representatives who can sit above politics and represent the country.


      Comment by theotheri — September 16, 2012 @ 7:16 pm | Reply

  2. pathetic we are i hear they are suing – good for them. i am sure william still is livid with the press being responsible for his mother’s death and now his wife – unbelievable – i even think it is pathetic about harry – he is 20, not married – who cares – we have clinton going at it in the white house kennedy bringing marilyn into the white house, seems to me w and k are working their tails off doing their royal duties – and the press would not be hounding them so if WE did not support them by buying their wares. WE are responsible for this drek it is outrageous gone are the days when no pictures were allowed of fdr in a wheel chair or with crutches or being pulled up so he could stand. WE are a sorry lot.


    Comment by kateritek — September 17, 2012 @ 11:10 pm | Reply

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