Friday, May 22, 2015

Mail attempts to profile Louis XX

There are so many errors in this article I barely know where to start. Louis Alfonso's pedigree would not put the Queen to shame; while they are both descendants of Queen Victoria, his ancestry is only 1/4 royal while hers is 1/2 royal. Louis XIV (r 1643-1715) was far from France's last Bourbon king; that would be Charles X (r 1824-30), or if the Orléans are considered a branch of the Bourbons, Louis Philippe (r 1830-48). And why is it so commonly believed that Monarchy in France ended permanently with the French Revolution? I see this error all the time. The French monarchy did not "come to a sticky end at the hands of Robespierre and later Napoleon." As anyone with even a rudimentary familiarity with French history knows, the monarchy was subsequently restored and France was governed by monarchs of various sorts for the majority of the 19th century.
Still, at least the Duke of Anjou and French royalism in general are getting some publicity in the English-language media. The French Republic has utterly failed and cannot be saved, even by Marine Le Pen, nor should it be. Vive le Roi!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

It's a Princess!

Congratulations to TRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their new DAUGHTER, a Princess for the United Kingdom and Commonwealth! BBC Mail Telegraph

I have updated the Order of Succession at my website accordingly. Looking forward to adding her name.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Top 100 Royal Crowns

I received this link to a new infographic of the "Top 100 Royal Crowns and Crown Jewels Ever" in an e-mail yesterday. Worth a look!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

On Cultural Destruction in Nepal

The catastrophic destruction of cultural heritage in Nepal, along with the loss of human life, is horrible indeed, but I wish that more people could come to see the abolition of an ancient monarchy, as happened in Nepal seven years ago, as being just as tragic a cultural loss as this, though far more preventable. All beautiful cultural heritage, tangible and intangible, should be preserved or restored, and that includes monarchies. The great Hindu civilisation that built these monuments was monarchical and hierarchical, not republican or egalitarian, because egalitarianism cannot create, it only destroys, like a man-made earthquake. In a way these scenes are a visual counterpart to what was done, not by Nature but by evil men, in 2008. Pray for the restoration of all of Nepal's cultural heritage. Long live King Gyanendra, long live the Nepalese Royal Family, and long live Nepal.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

After the Apocalypse

In the context of a Facebook discussion on Salazar (of whom I, unlike some of my right-wing friends, am not a fan), which ended up also encompassing various other topics as diverse as Game of Thrones and hypothetical monarchs of the United States, I wrote the following comment, which I'd like to also share here:

"1918 was really The End in a lot of ways. That's one reason why the hysterical rhetoric of some conservative Christians these days about Obama or whatever leaves me cold.

It's largely The British Monarchy that keeps me from losing all interest in our present time. Reactionaries who think exclusively in Continental terms tend to look down on sentimental Windsor loyalist Anglophiles like me, but at least we can cling to something that in spite of everything is still around."

Monarchical Flags of the World

In 2008 when I was getting ready to move from Charlotte to Dallas, I discarded a number of things that I now wish I'd kept. One of them was a poster I'd made in the early 1990s of the flags of the world's 28 countries with resident reigning monarchs. Twenty-eight was a convenient number as the flags could be arranged four across by seven down. When the Cambodian monarchy was restored in 1993, I happily added its flag to the top, perched somewhat awkwardly. By 2008 the colors had faded so it didn't look as nice, and with the death of Malietoa Tanumafili II (generally considered Samoa's last monarch) in 2007 and the fall of the monarchy of Nepal in 2008 the poster was no longer current, so in a fit of pique at what had just happened in Nepal I threw it out. I think that was a mistake. Nothing I can do about it now. I can still see it so clearly in my mind, nearly seven years later.

This afternoon I produced an updated new online recreation of the aforementioned poster, with the addition of the Commonwealth Realms. (The original did not include Vatican City, but in order to have an even 28 I have done so now.) Links are provided for those official websites of which I am aware, but see how many you can identify. The most beautiful flags are the flags of monarchies. If only there were many more!