Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Momentum in Romania?

Good news from Romania. Finally, a formerly monarchical European country whose mainstream politicians are willing to consider restoration. Let's hope monarchists' efforts will be successful. It may be prudent not to try to hold the referendum too soon though.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Appeal for church to replace Lenin's tomb

If Vladimir Putin were the defender of traditional Russian civilization that some imagine him to be, he would do this. But he's not, so he won't.

From Wikipedia: "Since 1991, there has been some discussion about removing the Kremlin Wall Necropolis and burying Lenin's body...His successor, Vladimir Putin, opposed this, pointing out that a reburial of Lenin would imply that generations of citizens had observed false values during 70 years of Soviet rule."

Well, they did. And it is long past time to deal with it. Lenin was a mass-murdering monster, no better than Hitler. It should be no more respectable to honor Communism in Russia than it is to honor Nazism in Germany. The fact that the mausoleum still stands 23 years after the fall of his evil system is an abomination. There is only one real and legitimate Russia, and that is the Russia of the Tsars. The disgusting mausoleum should be demolished, and both communism and republicanism along with it. Long live Empress Maria Vladimirovna!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Anniversary

Theodore's Royalty & Monarchy Site, created on September 29, 2000 in New York City by a new graduate student at Juilliard, is fourteen years old today. Sometimes it's hard not to be discouraged by how little most of the world cares that an eccentric cellist illogically living in the United States desperately wants monarchies to be restored, but the connections made with like-minded friends and allies all over the world over the past 14 years make it all worth it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

In Memoriam

Anton G√ľnther, Duke of Oldenburg, grandson of the last reigning Grand Duke of Oldenburg, died on Saturday at 91. He is succeeded as head of the house by his son Christian (b 1955). (Spurred by the Duke's passing I have reorganized my page on German Ruling Families according to the organization of the German Empire.)



Not quite royalty, but almost: Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, last of the famous Mitford sisters, died this morning at 94.



May both titled nonagenarians rest in peace.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Post-Referendum Thoughts

It is a bonus (though unsurprising given his defeat) coup for Unionists that Alex Salmond has resigned. The backhanded compliment might surprise you, but the fact is that he was an extraordinarily skillful politician, and the SNP are not likely to produce a leader as capable for another generation at least. None of the three leaders of the mainstream parties at Westminster were a match for him individually. Gordon Brown rose to the occasion, but in all probability the Union survived in spite of Cameron, Clegg, and Milliband, not because of them.

The Union won, but 1,617,989 votes against it is not negligible. The Westminster politicians bear a good deal of responsibility for the discontent (hardly confined to Scotland) that fueled the "Yes" vote.

The Better Together campaign, though successful, could have been...better. The margin of victory should have been even larger than it was, given the comfortable lead Unionism enjoyed prior to this summer. There was too much emphasis on economic fears and not enough of a positive patriotic case for the Union until the very end.

HM the Queen has issued a statement urging Scots to move forward.

United Kingdom Triumphant

It's official: with every council except Highland declared, Scotland has decisively rejected independence. God Save the Queen!

NO: 1,914,187 (55.42%) (1,822,443 needed to win)
YES: 1,539,920 (44.58%)


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scotland votes NO

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has been upheld by a projected margin of 55% to 45%, which if it indeed pans out that way (four of 32 regions are not yet declared) would be the same margin as the 1999 Australian referendum that upheld the Crown. Congratulations to the people who devoted their energies to the Better Together campaign. God Save the Queen!