HSH Princess Marie Aglaë of Liechtenstein, wife of Prince Hans Adam II and mother of Hereditary Prince Alois and three other children, has died at the age of 81, having had a stroke a few days ago. May she rest in peace.
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
I'm not up to posting all my thoughts on the heartbreaking situation in Afghanistan, which any longtime readers still following this blog may recall I visited in 2013, but I do want to share this article about how the USA's stupid bias against monarchy prevented the restoration of King Mohammed Zahir Shah in 2002 when it might have paved the way for a brighter future.
Monday, August 16, 2021
I am deeply saddened by the death of cancer on Friday 13 August of my friend Don Foreman, former secretary general of the International Monarchist League. Don, who lived in Royal Tunbridge Wells, was one of the first monarchists I ever corresponded with, starting in 1999 when I was following the Australian referendum and he published my first article on the subject, "Why I am a Monarchist," in the league's newsletter. We first met in person at the Queen's Golden Jubilee in London in 2002, my first trip to the UK, long before Facebook connected me with anyone else there. This photo was taken in Canterbury in 2011 when my choir from Dallas was on tour there. Passionately committed to monarchist unity and support of the world's diverse monarchies regardless of potentially divisive factors such as religion or race, he consistently stayed well informed of relevant developments all over the world. During his time as secretary general (1991-2002), the IML, founded in 1943, became more visible in the media than either before or since. I'd had no idea he was ill. We hadn't been in touch much recently, though he'd sent me a meme making fun of a certain Oprah interview in March. May he rest in peace.
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Gerald Warner demolishes the myths on which the modern French Republic is built. Tuesday was the 229th anniversary of the (first) temporary abolition of the ancient French Monarchy, but royalists will never give up. Vive le Roi!
Sunday, July 18, 2021
Below are some assorted thoughts on Friday's Vatican decree, originally intended for Facebook. (16 July) This isn’t really my fight anymore. But if I were Catholic I’d be angry and defiant. I will always promote and defend the incomparable treasury of music, art, and architecture inspired by the Latin Mass.
(18 July) It was striking that at Incarnation this morning, two days after a certain cruel and malicious document emanated from the regime in Rome, that both choral works (Byrd Ego sum panis vitae & Gabrieli O sacrum convivium) were in Latin, written for the Roman Catholic Church when it was a serious institution with serious liturgy and music. I am so grateful to be an Episcopalian.
Eighty-five years ago yesterday, which happened to be the 18th anniversary of the murder of the Romanovs (a fact that I'm sure must have been noted by some at the time), after five years of republican chaos, right-wingers in Spain decided they'd had enough. "Traditionis Custodes" deserves no more respect or obedience than the Spanish Republic did. Before I make a point implicitly critical of some American traditionalists, let me be clear that there is absolutely no justification whatsoever for what the Vatican regime promulgated on Friday. I think it is one of the most evil papal (?) pronouncements in the entire history of the Roman Catholic Church. Many good Catholics who did nothing at all to deserve this will be negatively affected.
Sunday, June 13, 2021
One hundred fifty years ago today, Princess Hélène of Orléans (1871-1951) was born at York House in Twickenham, England. Daughter of the Count of Paris, Orléanist claimant to the French throne, following the fall of the Second Empire she spent most of her childhood in France, until the insecure Third Republic exiled them again in 1886 following exuberant royalist celebrations of her older sister Amélie's marriage to the Crown Prince (later King) of Portugal. Thus the Orléans family returned to England and became close to the British royal family. Hélène and Prince Albert Victor (1864-1892), eldest son of the Prince of Wales, fell in love and wished to marry, and Queen Victoria was fond of her, but the religious difference proved insurmountable.
Friday, June 11, 2021
Atheists think all religion is fantasy; many Protestants think those beliefs peculiar to Catholics (though in most cases also held by the Orthodox and some Anglicans) are fantasy. And yet most contemporary Christians, including Catholics, are far more grounded in "Reality" than I am. Most Christians who use the internet want to talk about widely discussed contemporary issues from a Christian perspective, primarily as pertaining to the country in which they live. Whereas I want to talk about things like restoring the Portuguese Monarchy, which has been gone for 110+ years and which hardly anyone is talking about. I don't like contemporary "Reality" and want it to go away. I would rather live in my little royalist fantasy world and play music written when Europe was mostly ruled by monarchies than be fully engaged with the political issues of my actual time and place. I don't accept that living in the United States obliges me to give my primary patriotic loyalty to the United States and not to the United Kingdom. If I wish to identify as British then I'm British. I'm sorry if this sounds selfish and arrogant but I have no doubt that the Twentieth Century and the American Revolution were wrong and I'm right. And neither the Church nor the World can force me to defer to their priorities.