Shock for conservatives: Her Majesty’s signing of Commonwealth Charter will endorse gay rights

March 11, 2013

The Grumbles will be paying close attention to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. They might have to shift their somewhat conservative thinking on gay rights and succession to the throne once she has given them a steer.

She apparently has been limbering up to sign the Commonwealth Charter tomorrow in her first public appearance since leaving hospital after suffering from a stomach bug

According to a Mail on Sunday report (here), she will make an historic pledge to promote gay rights and ‘gender equality’ in one of the most controversial acts of her reign.

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Christmas and family: the royals are among those who won’t all be together today

December 25, 2011

The Grumbles prefer fir.


Christmas is a big family occasion for the Grumbles, as it is for many people.

But a quick glimpse at the on-line news this Christmas morning shows experiences around the country – and the world – differ markedly.

For starters, some families might not be able to get together because of sickness.

Most notably, this includes the Royal Family: Prince Philip has been laid low and is in hospital.

On the other hand, some families won’t get together because some of them are behind bars.

So how generously will the taxpayer be treating these law-breakers?

Stuff gives the answer –

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Good grief – the Palace could become Buckingham Hotel if Charles becomes King

October 24, 2011

The good news about Andrew Marr, a British broadcaster, is that he has abandoned republicanism after spending two years following the Queen across Britain and on several trips abroad.

Nope – not because he was impressed by her budget-trimming approach to the celebrating of her diamond jubilee next year (more of which later in this post).

Alf has just read of Marr saying his time spent with the ‘shrewd, wise and kind’ Queen has helped to transform him from a republican to a monarchist.

The not so good news is his disclosure of Prince Charles’s secret plan to ‘move out of Buckingham Palace and turn it into a museum’ once he becomes King

Or is a hotel on his agenda?

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Heads should roll after reheated tucker – oh, the outrage – is fed to Her Majesty’s corgis

August 28, 2011

Alf makes no secret of his strong royalist leanings and great admiration for the monarchy and for Queen Elizabeth 11.

No job to serve Her Majesty would be too menial, too onerous or too messy.

Accordingly he is offering his services today as a royal axeman, willing to lop off the head of whoever has been guilty of high treason in The Palace kitchen.

Dunno if the bastard – obviously a closet republican – has been identified yet.

But he or she has fed the royal corgis frozen and reheated dog tucker instead of the freshly cooked meals Her Majesty requires for them.

According to sources, the Queen, who is on holiday at Balmoral, was furious when she made the discovery while dishing up her pets’ supper one evening.

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A right royal lesson in coping with recession

June 15, 2009

Alf – a great admirer of royalty and the royals – today salutes his Queen for setting an example on how to lower the household bills in tough times.

In The Herald today, he found this inspiring news from the Observer.

As a 14-year-old, she picked up a spade and joined the rest of wartime Britain in the Dig for Victory campaign. Seven decades later, though no longer wielding the spade herself, the Queen, now 83, has again embraced the “grow your own” movement.

For the first time since the war, fruit and vegetables are to be found in an allotment-sized plot in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.
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Prince again makes a Charlie of the Republicans

April 22, 2009

Never mind that dear old Prince Charles may well have been right in saying he gets results from talking to his plants.

The sad truth is too many people have regarded him as a bit potty, for his botanical practices.

Having him as heir to the Throne accordingly has been something of a handicap for we Royalists.

Handicap or not, a poll suggests more Kiwis would prefer him as next King than a switch to Republicanism.
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A great day for the monarchists

March 27, 2009

Alf is an unabashed monarchist and admirer of much – but not all – that is British. He doesn’t admire football hooligans, for example, or warm beer, or Gordon Ramsay’s vocabulary.

But he greatly admires Her Majesty, the Queen, who has made his day by completing the formalities needed to reinstate titles in the New Zealand honours system. He sang God Save The Queen down at the club to mark the occasion.
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