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  1. There is also a possibility of Regency if Elizabeth becomes physically and mentally incapacitated. Which is probably inevitable at least some time before her death, especially if she lives over 100 years. Thus she would remain the Queen until her death, but Charles would become Regent. The second possibility if the time is short that there is goup of people who will sign the laws and documents as well as Civil and military appointments. When George V was ill in 1928, these people Queen Mary, the Prince of Wales, the Archibishop of Canterbury, the Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor. In 1936 before George V' death in 1936 this group was smaller, only Queen Mary and their four sons.
  2. Roseanna

    S03.E05: Coup

    Not nominally. But Prince Albert got power, first by becoming Queen Victoria's Private secretary which meant that he was her chief consellor and read everything in the Red box before her - probably even more thoroughly than her and thus controlled information available to her and even an access to her. Second, he also created wide his own nets of relationships and it's during these he could informally infuence on matters even before they were formally decided. As for Queen Consort. George VI was known to lean heavily on his wife and Queen. That is also shown in the series: in Vergangenheit she was present when he was told about his brother dealings with the Nazis, that is a secret of state. Instead, Philp was totally excluded from the Red boxes Elizabeth got. Sometimes he learned something from his own informal contacts but f.ex. in Suez she didn't believe him.
  3. I think that the writer believed that because Anne wasn't liked irl, nobody in interested in her in the show, either. But thinking back, it could be a good idea to compare Charles and Anne more. However, the biggest mistake was not to deal Northern Ireland during "the troubles" at all. It could be a good idea to compare the natural disaster (although caused by human neglect) in Aberfee and the Black Sunday in Derry where the British army shot unarmed civilians. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Troubles
  4. I think it's simply quite common that when portraying other nationalities or ethnic groups who are not important except for the plot, they are decribed as stereotypes as opposites to "us", in this case the British. But if you take the British Prime Ministers, they aren't described very positively, either. Churchill clings to power despite his old age and illness, Eden tries to supplant Churchill by going to the King and makes a monstrous mistake in Suez, Macmillan is cuckolded by his wife and made a fool by trusting Profumo, Heath is totally cold towards miners. Only Wilson has no fundamental flaw or mistake after the Queen learns that he is no spy. But the difference is that we hardly notice this because every Prime Minister, except Heath, is described as an individual. At least until the Queen says to Macmillan that she has had three Prime Ministers: too old, too sick and too weak. But even that doesn't negate that Churchill has charisma and past achiecemants during the war, and the shows tells movingly of his refusal to accept his decay due the old age. Plus his demons that he tries to suppress but also decribe by painting the pond. BTV, the Americans laughed at Eden when he lay unconcious after taking drugs and saw it as a fitting symbol of the decay of the British empire.
  5. Anne was born in 1950, so she was 19 years old in 1969 in Charles's investiture. At least when she had an affair with Andrew Parker Bowles in the beginning of 70ies she was no more a teenager. She was elected to the British equestrian team in the Summer Olypics 1976. That demanded a lot of work for years and thus self-disipline. So irl she was hardly "typical". She also liked men who could ride and talk about horses. Of course the writer could describe Anne as he liked. But considering how much we have seen Elizabeth and Margaret with horses, it's pity that we now only saw Anne's riding boots.
  6. A nice girl don't try to steal her sister's heritage by saying that "I can do the job better than you". A nice girl says to her sister just the opposite: "Of course you can do it well" and do everything to support her. Of course jealousy and envy aren't rare in the relationship between siblings. But unlike in ordinary families, as Elizabeth was born first, she was an heir and Margaret couldn't compete with her. That Tommy Lascelles had to learn Margaret the facts of life, shows that her parents had done wrong by treating as if their daughers were equal when they weren't.
  7. When President Nixon called Armstrong, he didn't speak of human acievement, but an American one. I guess people of great countries are interested only in their own achievements. People of small countries can't be. As for the US, one can't help knowing both good and bad things. In the end of 60ies and the beginning of 70ies the appreciation of the US was perhaps lowest because of Vietnam war. I remember the first Sputnik, the dog Laika and Yuri Gagarin, Gherman Titov, Valentina Tereshkova. Especially Gagarin was so different from the old Soviet type, with his smilig face - the Soviets really chose well. Even in 1986 a popular song was made "Childhood hero" whose refrain was "Fly Yuri Gagarin, come back alive". You ain't seen nothing yet. "Stupid lunkhead" and "uncivilized" (LBJ) are really little things compared to those nationalities who are always decribed as criminals, not to speak of terrorists. You can comfort yourself that in order to keep the remnants of their self-esteem the British have to look down at Americans.
  8. I think that Margaret was also influenced by her year of birth, 1930. She was too young to serve during the war like her big sister Elizabeth, born 1926), but she didn't really belong the modern world, either. The old habit was that royals married royals. Queen Victoria married a German Prince (at that time there were plenty to chose) and Edward VII married a Danish princess. Victoria chose Princess Mary of Teck to Prince Eddy and then George V. It was only after WW1 that the royals began to marry British aristocrats, like George VI. (Actually, it's funny how much Elizabeth's marriage with Philip was opposed as he was her equal and there was a few ruyals left to choose.) Although Margaret couldn't marry a divorced man, she could marry a commoner which was also a big step although Tony later accepted the title.
  9. She could have married him, but she chose her priviledged position. It's nothing unusual that you must make a choice: when you want something that is most important to you, you sometimes have to give up something else that's less important. It's a question of priorities. Often it's only when you must make a choice that you know what you value most. However, I must say to Margaret's defence that maybe she had only little resilience that helps people to survive even much more greater happenings. Well, I understood rightaway that Margaret's speeches were insulting to the audience as well as her sister whom she represented. "As for being youself", the same is with politicians. They can't say when they meet possible voters "your opinion is silly" but "is it so?" or "an interesting point of view".
  10. Yes, I forgot it. She l A 12 year old had no right make legal decisions. When Elizabeth became an adult, her character and morals was totally opposite than her uncle and she had been learned from her parents what danger as well as shame the abdication meant to monarchy which is based on primogentury.
  11. Many a young girl has crush but eventually she grows up and find someone more suitable than an older married man. As a child Margaret was spoiled by his father in compensation that she was the spare as he had been. And her mother shut her eyes and didn't send Townsend away before the romance became serious. (The Queen Mother's act to separate Charles from Camilla is completely oit of character - she was famous for her habit not to see unpleasant things.) Margaret was born in certain circumstances and time that limited her life, but so are almost all. Most of them survive from much worse and still make so good a life to themselves and their loved ones they possibly can by refusing to feel bitterness towards others and taking responsiblity for their own actions and choices.
  12. It's true that Margaret's mean and rude behavior even towards her friends wasn't shown as S1-2 focused on her relationship with Peter Townsend and Tony. But already 1S Margaret was shown to be extremely selfish. She wanted to be with Townsend at Christmas, although he was a husband and father. Well, she was in love with him, so she didn't care for his wife but actively wanted to separate them. But she didn't think or care a bit what kind of man abandons his kids at Christmas, on the top of all after being separated from them because of constant Court service.
  13. Having emotions and showing emotions and showing empathy are three different things. A person can have emotions but be unwilling or unable to show them. Showing emotions can be genuine or artful. Showing empathy is not showing one's own emotions but an ability to be in touch with the other's emotions. Therefore, it didn't matter a bit if Elizabeth had emotions or not, still less if she cried in private. Her public role demanded that she showed emotions according to what the Welsh people waited for. That she did, although late, although it was against her character and upbringing. With Prime Minister she was "only concerned with herself" because valueing honesty she was shamed of acting. That's rather to her credit as politicians do it all the time.
  14. The Queen's matter was right, but her way to say it was wrong - Charles didn't understand nor appect, but only felt that "nobody listen's to me, nobody understands me". To her defence one must add that she was hurt that her son dealt family matters in public and presented himself as a victim - although nobody probably undestood that. Generally I think that women are criticized much more harsly than men when they put work before family - even when, as in Elizabeth's case, she has a little choice because she does a man's work but has no wife to bear and raise children.
  15. Yes, and that made it twice hard. Showing emotion was against Elizabeth's character and upbringing but also against the English norms. Which her parents didn't follow if they really wept when visiting in the hospital during the war.
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