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    (Original post by thefish_uk)
    Yeah, but still, what are we going to put on our banknotes then...

    Join the Euro and have some anonymous bridge drawn by some Belgian artist?
    You mean the Queen is the only symbol of Britishness? There have been many great Britons and there are many great landmarks. These can go on our currency.
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    (Original post by physicsboy)
    hee hee! something like that! I just dont see why we should discuss 'getting rid of' our monarchy - the royal family have been here for hundreds of years, leave them as they are!
    Just because something has been there for a long time does not give it a right to remain.
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    You mean the Queen is the only symbol of Britishness? There have been many great Britons and there are many great landmarks. These can go on our currency.
    (I think we should put Thatcher on all our stamps, notes and coins.. just an idea.)
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    Just because something has been there for a long time does not give it a right to remain.
    Yes thats right "Lord" Hunt.
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    (Original post by physicsboy)
    and the Queen's 50 years experience as Head of State and Head of the Commonwealth far exceeds that of any prime minister, so im sure her comments are appreciated in the weekly PM/Queen meeting, even if we dont get to hear what is said.
    If the PM/Queen meetings take place, which they don't always. Yes, she is experienced, but through no choice of her own. Foreigners may like them but that is no reason to keep them.
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    (Original post by physicsboy)
    I think we are in danger of getting rid of things on a whim just because todays society think its right - several hundred years have gone quite well, and we have (arguably) one of the most respected democracies in the world. Why change things now? What if we get rid of the monarchy (and all the other associated things like the Commonwealth) today and then in 50 years time it is decided that we were better off with a monarchy? Also, I am sure many world leaders respect the Queen more than the PM and this is an important part in ensuring we have strong ties with other countries.
    That is a rediculous comment.
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    Just because something has been there for a long time does not give it a right to remain.
    Perhaps not, but I think we should think very carefully before destroying something that has been a part of this country for so long..
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    If the PM/Queen meetings take place, which they don't always. Yes, she is experienced, but through no choice of her own. Foreigners may like them but that is no reason to keep them.
    She is foreign...bloody saxe-Gother coburgs..Windsors...pah...made it up
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    (Original post by 2776)
    Yes thats right "Lord" Hunt.
    The House of Lords does not need to be abolished. The Queen has nothing to do with the second house.
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    (Original post by Blamps)
    She is foreign...bloody saxe-Gother coburgs..Windsors...pah...made it up
    Windsor wasn't very imaginative was it? They were probably driving to Windsor and they said 'what shall we call ourselves now,' saw the big sign saying: 'Welcome to Windsor' and chose that.
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    The House of Lords does not need to be abolished. The Queen has nothing to do with the second house.
    Really? Wasnt the queen/past king selected Lords?
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    That is a rediculous comment.
    why? do you honestly think every world leader respects Tony Blair more than the Queen? What about the leaders of the countries where the Queen is Head of State, but Tony Blair is nothing?
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    (Original post by happysunshine)
    I did. But then again there was no inbetween...
    I support them , but don't love all of them. I love the Queen, but that's about it. Oh, and William and Harry . And Sophie whatshername isn't bad either.
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    (Original post by physicsboy)
    What about the leaders of the countries where the Queen is Head of State, but Tony Blair is nothing?
    Good point.
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    (Original post by 2776)
    Really? Wasnt the queen/past king selected Lords?
    The Queen does not select the Lords.
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    Windsor wasn't very imaginative was it? They were probably driving to Windsor and they said 'what shall we call ourselves now,' saw the big sign saying: 'Welcome to Windsor' and chose that.
    Basically though...all the palaces and castles are not theirs legitimately....Windsor was Henry VIII's and thus the tudors (although the Lancasterians were susposedly to have had a weak claim to the throne given that they had an Uncle within the Plantagernate House...forgot his name though)
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    (Original post by serendipity)
    Good point.
    thank you, i needed some support after nasty old Lord Huntroyde!!
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    (Original post by physicsboy)
    why? do you honestly think every world leader respects Tony Blair more than the Queen? What about the leaders of the countries where the Queen is Head of State, but Tony Blair is nothing?
    Tony Blair still has much influence even where he is nothing. I should imagine that many respect him becuase at least he as voted into power, rather than born into it.
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    The Queen does not select the Lords.
    Fine but lets say the past King, king william the conqueror. He chose "barons" and lords. And the tradition lasted didnt it?
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    (Original post by physicsboy)
    I think we are in danger of getting rid of things on a whim just because todays society think its right - several hundred years have gone quite well, and we have (arguably) one of the most respected democracies in the world. Why change things now? What if we get rid of the monarchy (and all the other associated things like the Commonwealth) today and then in 50 years time it is decided that we were better off with a monarchy? Also, I am sure many world leaders respect the Queen more than the PM and this is an important part in ensuring we have strong ties with other countries.
    I agree. They don't hurt or offend me, give us all a laugh now and again with their mad antics and give us all that shared "something" to rally round in times of celebration / desparation, ie. the Golden Jubilee / WW2. They are part of my heritage and I'm proud of it.

    Abolish the monarchy over my dead body
 
 
 
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