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(International Business Times)   Everyone except Prince William is excited about the birth of the royal baby this weekend, he's going to a polo match instead   (ibtimes.com) divider line 49
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2013-07-10 11:34:06 AM
haters gonna hate, but I'm excited!
 
2013-07-10 12:00:47 PM

championgoober: haters gonna hate, but I'm excited!


You sound lonely.
 
2013-07-10 12:05:15 PM
Well, you better let him out.
 
2013-07-10 12:09:23 PM
I'm just a few years older than William, so it'll be the second time in my lifetime that a royal heir has been born.

I'm not sure 'excited' would be the term I would use to explain my feelings about it, but I'm pleased for them and for the royal family.

I'm from one of the colonies, but I'm a royalist. I love the Queen to bits and unlike many think Charles will make a fine king (though I know it's unlikely he'll spend much if any time on the throne.).

I like that the royals are popular again. I like that the princes seem to be grounded, hard-working lads and that they inherited their mother's PR panache.

But I'm not ready to give up on the venerable QEII yet, though. Long may she reign.
 
2013-07-10 12:18:43 PM

PIP_the_TROLL: I'm just a few years older than William, so it'll be the second time in my lifetime that a royal heir has been born.

I'm not sure 'excited' would be the term I would use to explain my feelings about it, but I'm pleased for them and for the royal family.

I'm from one of the colonies, but I'm a royalist. I love the Queen to bits and unlike many think Charles will make a fine king (though I know it's unlikely he'll spend much if any time on the throne.).

I like that the royals are popular again. I like that the princes seem to be grounded, hard-working lads and that they inherited their mother's PR panache.

But I'm not ready to give up on the venerable QEII yet, though. Long may she reign.


You got paid by the word for that post, didn't you?
 
2013-07-10 12:20:13 PM

texdent: PIP_the_TROLL: I'm just a few years older than William, so it'll be the second time in my lifetime that a royal heir has been born.

I'm not sure 'excited' would be the term I would use to explain my feelings about it, but I'm pleased for them and for the royal family.

I'm from one of the colonies, but I'm a royalist. I love the Queen to bits and unlike many think Charles will make a fine king (though I know it's unlikely he'll spend much if any time on the throne.).

I like that the royals are popular again. I like that the princes seem to be grounded, hard-working lads and that they inherited their mother's PR panache.

But I'm not ready to give up on the venerable QEII yet, though. Long may she reign.

You got paid by the word for that post, didn't you?


By the word, I mean.
 
2013-07-10 12:22:46 PM

PIP_the_TROLL: I'm just a few years older than William, so it'll be the second time in my lifetime that a royal heir has been born.

I'm not sure 'excited' would be the term I would use to explain my feelings about it, but I'm pleased for them and for the royal family.

I'm from one of the colonies, but I'm a royalist. I love the Queen to bits and unlike many think Charles will make a fine king (though I know it's unlikely he'll spend much if any time on the throne.).

I like that the royals are popular again. I like that the princes seem to be grounded, hard-working lads and that they inherited their mother's PR panache.

But I'm not ready to give up on the venerable QEII yet, though. Long may she reign.


So maybe you'll be a good person to explain to us exactly what they do?
 
2013-07-10 12:24:18 PM
I'm excited.  If she has a boy she'll have had 2 kings in her vagina.  How many other people can say that?
 
2013-07-10 12:28:25 PM
I thought traditional English childbirth involved the father drinking pints at the local pub.
 
2013-07-10 12:33:13 PM

azwethnkweiz: So maybe you'll be a good person to explain to us exactly what they do?


Give away hundreds of millions of pounds of their money every year in return for a pittance.

Bring in billions more in tourism.

Maintain priceless landmarks, historic sites and art collections on behalf of the people (out of that same pittance).

Patronize hundreds of charities, bringing their fundraising and networking connections to serve every local and global charitable cause imaginable.

Carry out invaluable diplomatic services for world leaders all over the globe who all consider it a privilege just to be invited.

Stand as the final check and balance on governmental excess.

Play an impartial adviser to the Prime Minister.

Serve as a cultural and historic touchstone for not just one nation but an entire commonwealth of nations.

Be the living embodiment of a thousand years of history.
 
2013-07-10 12:37:55 PM

Buttknuckle: championgoober: haters gonna hate, but I'm excited!

You sound lonely.


that's cute
 
2013-07-10 12:40:53 PM
Nursie will take care of the baby.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-10 12:47:35 PM

Nana's Vibrator: I'm excited.  If she has a boy she'll have had 2 kings in her vagina.  How many other people can say that?


I can. In fact, I once put the whole deck in there.
 
2013-07-10 12:50:09 PM

PIP_the_TROLL: Be the living embodiment of a thousand years of history.


Well.

Except for that time the English overthrew the monarch and put her cousin in place.

Or that time the overthrew the monarch and put a French dude in place.

Or that time they let a bunch of dudes fight over it for 100 years.

Or that time they let that one guy kill his nephews and take the throne.

Or that time they let some welsh guy kill the nephew killer and take the throne.

Or when that Welsh guy's son went nuts and killed all his wives and forced the country to change religions, and one of his kids married that Spanish guy who wanted to take over, but she died before he could

Or that time they killed the monarch.

Or that time they let the monarch back in, but kicked his brother out and asked a German guy to come in.

But other than that, yeah. Totally unbroken line.
 
2013-07-10 12:51:58 PM

FarkingReading: Nana's Vibrator: I'm excited.  If she has a boy she'll have had 2 kings in her vagina.  How many other people can say that?

I can. In fact, I once put the whole deck in there.


::snert::
 
2013-07-10 12:58:32 PM
o.onionstatic.com
 
2013-07-10 12:58:41 PM

what_now: Or that time they let the monarch back in, but kicked his brother out and asked a German guy to come in


If you're referring to James II and William of Orange (William III) William was  Dutch. The German was George I, from Hanover. He took over when his old auntie Queen Anne died . Anne had something like 17 pregnancies, but none of her children lived long enough to inherit
 
2013-07-10 01:06:27 PM
It's good to be the prince!
 
2013-07-10 01:18:19 PM
I remember when they got married and it was an insane world circus, I started reading up on William and Harry, watching some interviews, etc. My impression:

They hate being royalty.

Absolutely loathe it.

I saw one interview where the guy said ok sure you're in the public eye all the time, but there's gotta be at least one positive about being princes. They both just looked at him with annoyed looks on their faces. With full intention of making it as awkward as possible.

Think about your own family. What if in some way you were "royalty"? How f'd up would that be? To them it's just their family, but everyone acts like their the second coming. Why??

Someone said it above, they do seem very grounded. Like they try to distance themselves as much as possible. War experience shows that very well.

/Canuck
//got nothing against the whole thing, they do good work
 
2013-07-10 01:25:11 PM

PIP_the_TROLL: azwethnkweiz: So maybe you'll be a good person to explain to us exactly what they do?

Give away hundreds of millions of pounds of their money every year in return for a pittance.

Bring in billions more in tourism.

Maintain priceless landmarks, historic sites and art collections on behalf of the people (out of that same pittance).

Patronize hundreds of charities, bringing their fundraising and networking connections to serve every local and global charitable cause imaginable.

Carry out invaluable diplomatic services for world leaders all over the globe who all consider it a privilege just to be invited.

Stand as the final check and balance on governmental excess.

Play an impartial adviser to the Prime Minister.

Serve as a cultural and historic touchstone for not just one nation but an entire commonwealth of nations.

Be the living embodiment of a thousand years of history.


Now that there is some good material.
 
2013-07-10 01:29:08 PM

what_now: PIP_the_TROLL: Be the living embodiment of a thousand years of history.

Well.

[examples stipulated to]

But other than that, yeah. Totally unbroken line.


I never claimed it was an unbroken line. I'm saying the crown represents that history of leadership. It represents a nation forged out of warring tribes and countries that survived numerous conquests and invasions, absorbed new cultures and religions and held together strongly enough to produce the farthest reaching empire in history.

That's significant.

Great Britain and the monarchy are far from perfect, but I'm still proud to be a part of the vestiges of that empire.
 
2013-07-10 01:29:54 PM

FarkingReading: Nana's Vibrator: I'm excited.  If she has a boy she'll have had 2 kings in her vagina.  How many other people can say that?

I can. In fact, I once put the whole deck in there.


superlol.  Sounds like you had a...Full House
 
2013-07-10 01:36:07 PM
Will he party like it's 1999?
 
2013-07-10 01:41:06 PM

sheep snorter: Nursie will take care of the baby.

[i.imgur.com image 250x216]


Mouth is open, Nursie, should be shut.
 
2013-07-10 01:43:02 PM

championgoober: haters gonna hate, but I'm excited!


Do you also collect a lot of Hummel figurines and fuss about how they are arranged because of how well each one gets along with the others?
 
2013-07-10 01:54:39 PM
a source said that he'll cancel his appearance if 31-year-old Middleton goes into labor.

STFU, IBT
 
2013-07-10 01:56:35 PM

gshepnyc: championgoober: haters gonna hate, but I'm excited!

Do you also collect a lot of Hummel figurines and fuss about how they are arranged because of how well each one gets along with the others?


No.  I had to google Hummel.  I collect rocks and dead bugs and a few other things that I don't fuss over.
 
2013-07-10 02:01:49 PM

PIP_the_TROLL: what_now: PIP_the_TROLL: Be the living embodiment of a thousand years of history.

Well.

[examples stipulated to]

But other than that, yeah. Totally unbroken line.

I never claimed it was an unbroken line. I'm saying the crown represents that history of leadership. It represents a nation forged out of warring tribes and countries that survived numerous conquests and invasions, absorbed new cultures and religions and held together strongly enough to produce the farthest reaching empire in history.

That's significant.

Great Britain and the monarchy are far from perfect, but I'm still proud to be a part of the vestiges of that empire.


I'm confused, what you say is all true, but your name... Do you have an alt, like "PIP_the_normal_commenter" to come back and repeat that with so I know I'm not agreeing with someone who thinks they're saying ludicrous stuff to get a reaction?

On topic, I am, I guess a staunch constitutional monarchist, I think the system we have is great, and the arguments against them being spongers are weak, but I don't give a fig about the baby. I really don't. I'm only in it for the pageantry, ceremony and history. My only hope is that they name it after its great grandfather. This country needs a King Philip at last. Otherwise It'll have to be me... Don't think I won't do it!
 
2013-07-10 02:24:36 PM

PIP_the_TROLL: azwethnkweiz: So maybe you'll be a good person to explain to us exactly what they do?

Give away hundreds of millions of pounds of their money every year in return for a pittance.


Pittance my ass

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/06/27/queen-given-five-pay-rise _n _3508157.html

Bring in billions more in tourism.

They bring in "billions" in the same way that college football is self sustaining and pays for other sports

Maintain priceless landmarks, historic sites and art collections on behalf of the people (out of that same pittance).

How?  By wallowing in it?


Patronize hundreds of charities, bringing their fundraising and networking connections to serve every local and global charitable cause imaginable.

Ok, I'll give you that one, but it's no different than what any celebrity does


Carry out invaluable diplomatic services for world leaders all over the globe who all consider it a privilege just to be invited.

Stand as the final check and balance on governmental excess.

Play an impartial adviser to the Prime Minister.


Now these three are just farkin' stupid.  These people have ZERO qualifications to do ANY of this.

Serve as a cultural and historic touchstone for not just one nation but an entire commonwealth of nations.

Be the living embodiment of a thousand years of history.


Whoop-di-freakin' do!
 
2013-07-10 02:25:44 PM

sure haven't: I remember when they got married and it was an insane world circus, I started reading up on William and Harry, watching some interviews, etc. My impression:

They hate being royalty.

Absolutely loathe it.

I saw one interview where the guy said ok sure you're in the public eye all the time, but there's gotta be at least one positive about being princes. They both just looked at him with annoyed looks on their faces. With full intention of making it as awkward as possible.

Think about your own family. What if in some way you were "royalty"? How f'd up would that be? To them it's just their family, but everyone acts like their the second coming. Why??

Someone said it above, they do seem very grounded. Like they try to distance themselves as much as possible. War experience shows that very well.

/Canuck
//got nothing against the whole thing, they do good work


That's why I have a lot of respect for the Monarchy. I mean most of them have seem to have accepted that they have basically given up their lives to the service of their country. I mean look at the Queen. She is 87 and from the day she was born to the day she was crowned to the day she dies she is basically on the job 24/7 in service of her country. She didn't get to pick her job like most people, she never gets to retire and she knows from what happened to her uncle that quitting her job would be a huge problem.  Hell in exchange for that, if it was me you better believe I would want to live a very comfortable life.

I mean compare that to the US president. Obama got to decide for himself to run for president. He only has to serve 8 years, while he is there he gets to live in a mansion, and when he is retired he is basically set up for life. The queen on the other hand, didn't really get to decide if she wanted the job, she has to serve for entire life, so it doesn't bother me that she gets to live in a palace.
 
2013-07-10 02:28:54 PM

Great_Milenko: Pittance my ass

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/06/27/queen-given-five-pay-rise _n _3508157.html


She hasn't had the money she receives increase for a long time, so she's had to do more with less, but the quote is telling if you actually read it

The Treasury will pay out a Sovereign Grant of £37.89m, up from £36.1m the previous year.

The grant, which funds the Queen's activities, comes from the £8.6bn Crown Estate,
So her salary comes FROM the estate, £8.6bn her estate generates, and she gets £37.9m from it. Abolish the monarchy and you have to give it all to her, because that's what the civil list was all about.
 
2013-07-10 02:50:54 PM

Great_Milenko: Give away hundreds of millions of pounds of their money every year in return for a pittance.

Pittance my ass


The UK Goverment makes over 150 million pounds in PROFIT every single year from the money the crown gives them. The crown only uses about 40-ish million / year.

Great_Milenko: Bring in billions more in tourism.

They bring in "billions" in the same way that college football is self sustaining and pays for other sports


I don't understand that statement so I can't argue it.

Great_Milenko: Maintain priceless landmarks, historic sites and art collections on behalf of the people (out of that same pittance).

How? By wallowing in it?


They use the paltry sum budgeted for them by the government - money that was legally theirs to begin with mind - to maintain these things with caretakers, maids, curators, groundsmen, craftsmen and so on. And most of these royal appointments are hardly if ever used by the Royal Family. So they're not wallowing and they're using the money they could be blowing on cocaine orgies in order to keep 600 year old castles from rotting to the ground.

Patronize hundreds of charities, bringing their fundraising and networking connections to serve every local and global charitable cause imaginable.

Ok, I'll give you that one, but it's no different than what any celebrity does


Except that it is. Because they aren't a face - they're a name. A name that carries the weight of stability which allows greater investment than some causehead socialite.

Great_Milenko: Carry out invaluable diplomatic services for world leaders all over the globe who all consider it a privilege just to be invited.

Stand as the final check and balance on governmental excess.

Play an impartial adviser to the Prime Minister.

Now these three are just farkin' stupid. These people have ZERO qualifications to do ANY of this.


The royals - in particular the ones in the succession line - are raised from birth to be diplomats. They're given the finest education, the best training in courtesy and customs, apprenticed (one might say pimped out) to increasing levels of public functions for their *entire* life, made to meet, greet and befriend leaders and their families from all over the world. That qualifies them for diplomacy.

Standing as the final check is a part of the constitution, and wielding the power as the reigning monarch is something they're prepared for their entire life.

Serving as advisor is something anyone can do. It's a question of intelligence, education and experience. Intelligence is a crapshoot, but as stated above they get the best education and time and exposure to the global diplomatic stage as well as the day to day affairs of state gives them the experience. The Queen's been in on every decision made by the British Government since Churchill. Not even Bill Gates could pay for that kind of experience.

Great_Milenko: Serve as a cultural and historic touchstone for not just one nation but an entire commonwealth of nations.

Be the living embodiment of a thousand years of history.

Whoop-di-freakin' do!


Belittle it if you must, but though it might be ephemeral, it's not ethereal. That matters, and to a lot of people. Feeling a part of something greater, being able to reach out and touch your history and having a person that when times are at their bleakest you can look to for moral leadership is invaluable to many.
 
2013-07-10 02:59:34 PM

Slaxl: Great_Milenko: Pittance my ass

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/06/27/queen-given-five-pay-rise _n _3508157.html

She hasn't had the money she receives increase for a long time, so she's had to do more with less, but the quote is telling if you actually read it

The Treasury will pay out a Sovereign Grant of £37.89m, up from £36.1m the previous year.

The grant, which funds the Queen's activities, comes from the £8.6bn Crown Estate,
So her salary comes FROM the estate, £8.6bn her estate generates, and she gets £37.9m from it. Abolish the monarchy and you have to give it all to her, because that's what the civil list was all about.


Exactly. The money is generated from properties owned by the Crown, not the English government. It's the Crown's money to begin with.
 
2013-07-10 03:11:47 PM

PIP_the_TROLL: Belittle it if you must, but though it might be ephemeral, it's not ethereal. That matters, and to a lot of people. Feeling a part of something greater, being able to reach out and touch your history and having a person that when times are at their bleakest you can look to for moral leadership is invaluable to many.


I also appreciate how with a monarch like the Queen, the people of the UK basically have a head of state who while a figurehead is entirely non-political. I mean with a president or prime minister you know that pretty much every that for every speech or decision they make they are thinking about how things are going to play out with the voters, or opinion polls, or how it is going to make their party look. With a monarch, they just represent the people and can make decisions based on what they think is best for their people.
 
2013-07-10 03:19:22 PM
William is slowly morphing into Charles, with all the requisite charm.
Harry is going to be out ripping up some poosay.
 
2013-07-10 03:24:34 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: William is slowly morphing into Charles, with all the requisite charm.
Harry is going to be out ripping up some poosay.


I assume a majority of people would decide to do the same.  Hit the local towns and find a girl that's really going to enjoy and appreciate a good royal boning and a limo ride home.
 
2013-07-10 03:33:20 PM

championgoober: gshepnyc: championgoober: haters gonna hate, but I'm excited!

Do you also collect a lot of Hummel figurines and fuss about how they are arranged because of how well each one gets along with the others?

No.  I had to google Hummel.  I collect rocks and dead bugs and a few other things that I don't fuss over.


Ah. Well played. Now I can't feel good about making fun anymore.

/I still think Americans should ignore royalty, though
 
2013-07-10 03:37:38 PM

sheep snorter: Nursie will take care of the baby.

[i.imgur.com image 250x216]


And the baby will be a redheaded girl, who will one day rule as "Queenie", and eventually be murdered by House in a cow costume.
 
2013-07-10 05:46:52 PM
Can't blame him if he's straight. The brat is born and no fun for a few weeks at least.

Oh and for a time, if you're lucky, you take second place to a squealing kid. If you're unlucky you're always second place.
 
2013-07-10 07:14:03 PM
Old School Dude.
 
2013-07-10 07:20:51 PM
Great Series
This explains the cost of the royal family
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhyYgnhhKFw
 
2013-07-10 07:24:16 PM

Nana's Vibrator: HotIgneous Intruder: William is slowly morphing into Charles, with all the requisite charm.
Harry is going to be out ripping up some poosay.

I assume a majority of people would decide to do the same.  Hit the local towns and find a girl that's really going to enjoy and appreciate a good royal boning and a limo ride home.


"A" girl? Did you see the photos of Harry in Vegas?
 
2013-07-10 08:24:32 PM

Nana's Vibrator: I'm excited.  If she has a boy she'll have had 2 kings in her vagina.  How many other people can say that?


Eleanor of Aquitaine would have liked to have a word with you nine hundred years ago.  Wife to two kings, mother of three kings.  Top THAT, Kate!
 
2013-07-10 11:03:21 PM

Slaxl: The grant, which funds the Queen's activities, comes from the £8.6bn Crown Estate,
So her salary comes FROM the estate, £8.6bn her estate generates, and she gets £37.9m from it. Abolish the monarchy and you have to give it all to her, because that's what the civil list was all about.


Charles is actually doing even better than his mother. All his income comes from the Duchy of Cornwall, and he gives something like 60% of what those estates make to charity.
 
2013-07-11 02:53:37 AM

PIP_the_TROLL: I'm just a few years older than William, so it'll be the second time in my lifetime that a royal heir has been born.

I'm not sure 'excited' would be the term I would use to explain my feelings about it, but I'm pleased for them and for the royal family.

I'm from one of the colonies, but I'm a royalist. I love the Queen to bits and unlike many think Charles will make a fine king (though I know it's unlikely he'll spend much if any time on the throne.).

I like that the royals are popular again. I like that the princes seem to be grounded, hard-working lads and that they inherited their mother's PR panache.

But I'm not ready to give up on the venerable QEII yet, though. Long may she reign.


i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-11 06:58:25 AM
I'm having a hard time understanding why the Americans in this thread give a rats ass about whether the Royals should or should not exist.  It's Great Britain's party.  Let them do what they want for chrissakes
 
2013-07-11 01:12:06 PM

Nana's Vibrator: FarkingReading: Nana's Vibrator: I'm excited.  If she has a boy she'll have had 2 kings in her vagina.  How many other people can say that?

I can. In fact, I once put the whole deck in there.

superlol.  Sounds like you had a...Full House


Followed by a Royal flush....
 
2013-07-11 01:26:58 PM

Close2TheEdge: I'm having a hard time understanding why the Americans in this thread give a rats ass about whether the Royals should or should not exist.  It's Great Britain's party.  Let them do what they want for chrissakes


An honest, non-snark answer? Because I oppose the concept of royalty on humanist grounds and national borders are irrelevant to that objection.

To the extent that the British people get real benefit from the institution, I can't begrudge it, but that's as far as I will go. If you go past that to an argument of national pride, I dismiss that only because nationalism is an ugly reason for anything.
 
2013-07-11 07:58:28 PM

gshepnyc: Because I oppose the concept of royalty on humanist grounds


There is a big difference between an oppressive dictatorship and a constitutional monarchy. Seriously, constitutional monarchies are a really, really stupid thing to get worked up about. And the outward trappings of democratic elections don't always mean much on the humanitarian front. Take a look at Russia. Putin is elected, and no, the election results aren't completely made up. But could you possibly argue that the British Monarchy is a greater humanitarian threat than Putin?

As things to oppose for humanitarian reasons go, constitutional monarchies are way, way, way down the list. Britain is one of the worlds strongest democracies, you realize that, right?
 
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