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Royal news is icing on Christmas cake

WHAT better way to round off what has been, by anyone’s standards, a great year for Britain, than news that a royal baby is on the way?

Louise Allonby
Louise Allonby

And not just any royal baby: but the baby that will secure the monarchy potentially into the next century.

Recession and austerity aside, 2012 has truly been a year to remember: from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, to the Olympics: and news of the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy surely is the triple whammy of this annus mirabilis.

The anti-monarchist brigade should also be delighted: it gives them the opportunity to huff and puff in republican outrage about the iniquities of a hereditary monarchy – and no doubt the hackneyed, clichés about the “parasitical” royals/drain on taxpayers’ money/yawn yawn, will be coming fast and furious.

Only the most misanthropic curmudgeon in the mould of Ebenezer Scrooge could fail to be pleased at this happy news, which comes at the start of the festive season of goodwill to all men.

In the short time since they have been married, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have shown themselves to be a most agreeable and popular asset to The Firm; and with the Queen now well into her ninth decade – and the Duke of Edinburgh in his tenth – the thought of a new generation of royals is to be welcomed.

Without knowing them, it is difficult to imagine that William and Kate will be anything other than exemplary parents
to the new baby. The new rules on succession, which have effectively brought an end to the system of primogeniture, are a timely nod to modern mores; and if the royal baby is a girl, then the idea of a future queen is a welcome one indeed.

The arrival of a new baby should also, it is to be hoped, bring an end to the witterings of those who have called for the monarchy to skip a generation, and for William to succeed to the throne instead of Prince Charles after the Queen’s day.

Not only will Prince Charles be highly likely to prove a good king but Prince William should over the next couple of decades be allowed to enjoy the undoubted pleasures of family life, without the added burden of being king. With Charles as king, whenever that time comes, William will be able to do just that.

Our queen, of course, rose magnificently to the challenge when she succeeded to the throne in her 20s; but with luck there should be no need for such a burden to be thrust prematurely on to the shoulders of Prince William.

The royal pregnancy is yet another fillip for the country. We are living in difficult times, but this year has been one of great national pride. This week’s news is the icing on the Christmas cake.

Have your say

I have to agree with Simon Hunter shame it takes a none Brit to sing our praises!! Im personally for the Royal Family well the imediate ones that is.
On a local issue whats the chances they dint choose FGH for the choice of birth place?

Posted by Barrow Lad on 11 December 2012 at 15:42

Wonderful article and they echo my sentiments perfectly!!
We should be proud that we are subjects of the greatest monarchy in the world. Many countries are envious of our royal family and so they should be!! I can not wait until the royal birth (i am hoping that its a little girl, they look much more cuter than boys) I already have my bunting at the ready for what promises to be another wonderful royal occassion in our lives.
God bless em all!!

the dobester

Posted by max dobie on 11 December 2012 at 13:16

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