Independent Scotland could have a down-to-earth royal family
In his article on the Rosary belonging to Queen Mary I, Hamish MacPherson calls her “the only Queen of Scots”, but this is not the case (Theft of the Rosary, National Loss to Scotland, May 25). As an independent country, we had four Queens Regnant. Our first was Queen Margaret, known as the Maid of Norway, who succeeded her grandfather King Alexander III in 1286. Then Mary I, Mary II and finally Anne, who was the last monarch of an independent Scotland. .
When it comes to royalty, there have been some comments that the Windsors were not impartial about Scotland’s independence, and some suggest that for this reason we should become a republic. Don’t judge all royalty by the House of Windsor. Scotland is the oldest monarchy in Europe and I see no reason to change that.
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Personally, I would like us to have our own royal family with a down-to-earth, accessible and lean monarchy, as some of our European neighbors have. Those of us who are in favor of independence often look to Norway as an example of how we might do things. Upon the dissolution of the union with Sweden, Norway chose to have its own king rather than continue to share one with Sweden or become a republic, and they offered the throne to a Danish prince. My own choice would be to see the Stuarts restored, thus having a connection to our early monarchs.
Monarchs tend to be able to unite a people in a way that politicians cannot, and after independence we will need unity to make sure that works.
“SCOTLAND,” said a visiting Prince William, “is extremely important to me,” as Kevin McKenna reports (Royal Family use Scotland as their own Disneyland Tartan, May 25).
I remembered the British celebrity love bombers of the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum disguising their concern for England as their love for Scotland; and as McKenna points out, there seems to be a whiff of partisanism in the independence debate.
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William’s language also resembles that of the visiting diplomat; that is, it highlights the royal detachment from Scotland. After all, people would find it very strange if William would return home to make a public statement about the “incredibly important” importance of England to him.
But with Scotland still fresh on his mind, perhaps the time has come for him to publicly declare that the issue of independence is up to the Scottish people and in which the monarchy will not take part.
Professor Aonghus MacKechnie
THE Sunday Times reported that it now costs £ 60 per person to enter Buckingham Palace. Even if the queen does not own it; we the people have it.
The next scam involves producing a bottle of gin called Ballochbuie to help pay for the upkeep of Balmoral Castle for the overpriced sum of £ 60. Ah, poor tiny souls, they need all the money they can get.
Gin for me is already too expensive but £ 60 is way too much, I wonder how much has cost us the little tour of Scotland and the opening of the new Orkney Hospital, which has been treating patients for three years.
Dear Prince William,
I want to reassure you that when Scotland is independent you can still find a place in your heart for our country. You can still have your annual vacation here, although you may need to downsize your vacation home a bit. You could actually uproot your family and stay here like many of your compatriots have. You will, of course, have to pay your way like the rest (or most) of us. Housing tax and all that!
And just to reassure you, your children will still be able to attend our universities, again as do many young people around the world. They will be able to travel all over Europe because we will be part of the EU again. I don’t know if you are a member of a church, but I imagine you are a member of the Church of England so you could join the Church of Scotland since you have such a close connection. Can you be a member of both? We welcome all religions.
We are currently here in Scotland, as you well know, a very open and welcoming country and when we are an independent nation again we will be even more so, having stopped the dawn raids and all that that entails.
AFTER reading the story ‘George Square Cleanup Cost £ 60,000’, I thought I mistook the Daily Telegraph. “Priceless statues of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in need of substantial repair”, a phrase repeated twice a few paragraphs later, but with the additional information that the restoration “will cost tens of thousands of pounds”.
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Why on earth should we rebuild these statues, let alone waste thousands of pounds that could be spent on more worthy and worthy causes? What did these two do in Glasgow or for Scotland? They lived in luxury (just like their current parents – see article by Kevin McKenna in the same issue) while thousands of Glaswegians lived in slums and abject poverty. If the statues are “priceless” I guess it’s worth a bob or two. If so, sell them and use the money for something useful.