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The Queen in Seat A2

In lighter news, the Queen of England has embarked upon an everyday commuter train in order to reach her northern Christmas destination.

While I appreciate the nod to thrift, I wonder if I am alone in mourning the degradation of regality and ... well, nobility which ought to accompany a royal head-of-state. "Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order," observed Edmund Burke. "It is the Corinthian capital of polished society." I believe Tocqueville noted that democracy, while unlikely to fall into such depths of depravity as might be detected in a decadent aristocracy, likewise was not hopeful of attaining such heights of beauty as exemplified in a virtuous aristocracy. 

Surely the royals have at times failed to provide a dignified and elite model for the masses to adore - but has even the queen abrogated the duty to provide an earthly example of the extraordinary and exquisite? If it would be nearly unthinkable - even absent security considerations - for an American president to travel on public transport, is it not a clear denigration of the honor due to royal station to be accorded less decorum and circumstance than a mere tenured president?

At least Her Majesty sat in first class.

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If it would be nearly unthinkable - even absent security considerations - for an American president to travel on public transport, is it not a clear denigration of the honor due to royal station to be accorded less decorum and circumstance than a mere tenured president?

If the press office of the White House quit broadcasting the President's movements in advance, he just might be able to fly commercial.

I don't know ... Queen Elizabeth II has always struck me as rather unpretentious ... rather salt-of-the-earth despite her lofty status. It doesn't seem like her to travel commuter train to make pious statement about thrift or whatever. My guess is she traveled commuter because she wanted to, and that's all there is to it.

Frankly, I rather admire her. I will greatly miss her when she departs this earth. We will be worse off in her absence, as strange as that may sound.

Does anyone notice the irony? The Queen, who is admired and respected by pretty much everyone, and who has always comported herself with great dignity in her role as monarch, is taking a public train, while her worthless sun hypocritically took a private jet to that worthless confab in Copenhagen?

What an absurd post. If I didn't know I was on NLT, I'd think it was some kind of joke.

I hope the train didn't hit any commoners and cause a delay for Her Highness! It would make for some warm moments if one of her guards could put the window down so she could toss a few shillings out to the paupers (but then, I'm guessing that First Class is fully climate-controlled, and the windows are sealed).

But really, the Way Things Ought to Be is for Her Majesty to take the Royal Train, even if it does cost taxpayers £57,142 each time it is taken out of its sidings.

while her worthless sun hypocritically took a private jet to that worthless confab in Copenhagen?

I think you mean 'son'. He is guilty of a number of transgressions. That does not render him 'worthless'.

It has been leaked through some of the British newspapers that the Queen is presently handing over some of her duties to Prince William. It looks like she is going to bypass Charles. Good call on her part. Given the fact that her dumbo son cries wolf about Global Warming and then takes a private jet for a seven hour flight to Copenhagen, she probably sees him for what he really is - unable and unqualified to handle any royal duties.

He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Unless I am misunderstanding news reports, various of his estates and business make money. His level of intelligence is likely adequate. A great many highly intelligent people buy into the global warming anxiety-fest.

The King of Jordan has the authority to alter the line of succession by decree. I do not think that the British monarch does. The only way the throne passes from the Queen to her grandson is if her son predeceases her.

Let her walk.

Has HUSSEIN Obama bowed to her yet?

No, but his wife nearly mauled her once

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