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Prince Charles, (Charles Philip Arthur George)  The Prince of Wales, KG KT GCB OM AK QSO CD SOM GCL PC AdC(P) FRS was born on 14 November 1948.

As the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, he  is the heir apparent to sixteen Realms including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Since 1958, his principal title has been HRH The Prince of Wales. In Scotland he is additionally known as The Duke of Rothesay. Prince Charles was educated at Cheam and Gordonstoun Schools, which his father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, had attended as a child. He spent two terms at the Timbertop campus of Geelong Grammar in Australia.

On being awarded a bachelor of arts degree from Trinity College, Cambridge, Prince Charles served with the Royal Navy from  1971 to 76. He married Lady Diana Spencer before an enormous worldwide television audience in 1981. They had two sons, Prince William of Wales in 1982 and Prince Harry of Wales in 1984. The marriage was dissolved in in 1996.

Diana, Princess of Wales died in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997.

In 2005,  the Prince married Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Apart from his education in 1967, Prince Charles has often been in Australia, in particular in
 1970, 1974, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1988, 1994 1996 and  2005



..remarkable charity work...




 The prince is well-known for his charity work and sponsors The Prince's Trust, The Prince's Regeneration Trust, and the Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment, among other charities.

ACM has long been indicating something newsworthy not much mentioned in the media - in a typical year he raises around  one quarter of a billion dollars (A$1 billion) for charity.

He has been outspoken concerning architecture and the conservation of old buildings and has produced a book on the subject called A Vision of Britain (1989). He has also promoted herbal and other alternative medical treatment.
 

An attack on Prince Charles Print E-mail
Written by Mark Legge   
Wednesday, 13 October 2010

In a recent article, “Hereditary heads of state are long out of date”, Barry Everingham undertakes a venomous attack on Prince Charles. Everingham relies upon plain lies, miss-information, and ignores many facts about our constitution.

Prince CharlesHe claims that whether Australians like it or not, when the Queens reign ends, we in Australia shall be stuck with the Prince of Wales as King. Barry makes it clear that he believes Australians have had no say in this matter, apparently forgetting that in 1999 Australia had a vote on this very issue? And more importantly that majority of Australians voted a resounding NO to Australia becoming a republic, thus showing their support for the Prince of Wales, the royal family, and the most stable constitution in the world.

A favourite line of republicans is that the “King of England” rules over us and we will be stuck with “Queen Camilla”, Everingham is no exception. However the problem with these two phrases is that they are a lie.

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Prince Charles, Richard Rogers & Sydney Harbour Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 30 September 2010
Prince Charles’ work in protecting the world’s heritage has not gone unnoticed in Australia.  

Don't be fooled by all the prizes and accolades, for Richard Rogers is the same Lord Rogers whose inappropriate and unsympathetic development proposal for London's Chelsea Barracks was rolled by Prince Charles last year. If only Charles could do the same for us colonials.

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This was a succinct but powerful letter from Benjamin Rushton of Darlinghurst, NSW   published in The Sydney Morning Herald (30/9).

This was about the row raging in Sydney about the Bangaroo harbour side development in the Sydney CBD guided by former prime minister, passionate republican and flag hater Paul Keating.  A widespread complaint is that the site will be over developed and unimginative.

It is clear that it will put impossible strains on the already inadequate public transport and other infrastructure.



...the Prince acts, and republicans whinge

 We reported here on Prince Charles defiance of the Chelsea Barracks to which Mr. Rushton refers. For this he was savagely attacked by the United Kingdom’s minuscule republican movement and by those London journalists who want to play politics instead of reporting the news.

You may not agree with everything Prince Charles does.  But there is no doubt that Prince Charles has long been a man ahead of his time.

Australia’s republicans stooped to some low tactics during the 1999 republican referendum campaign.  One was to ridicule the Prince. In particular they widely circulated a vicious caricature of the Prince warning that a No vote was a vote for King Charles III and Queen Camilla. they referred to  this in interviews.  This appalling behaviour did not help them - they suffered a landslide loss. 

In fact he was well ahead of the republican leadership on the matters which count.


 
 
London viewspaper demonstrates why it is next to worthless Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
   
  
 

The Independent is a London tabloid first published as a broadsheet in 1986. With a declining circulation, it has been in financial difficulties for years.  On 25 March 2010 the so called Russian oligarch Alexander Lebedev bought the newspaper for £1.

As with previous proprietors he will have to subsidise it generously. He may decide to put it out of its misery. It's life could mirror that of The Sunday Correspondent. Launched as a broadsheet, it re-emerged as a "quality broadsheet" before closing.

In 2007, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that rather than being a newspaper, it was now a "viewspaper".  Ironically, he said, The Independent was founded as “an antidote to the idea of journalism as views not news. That was why it was called the Independent. Today it is avowedly a viewspaper, not merely a newspaper".

The views it puts are left of centre and republican. This is something The Guardian does better. The the satirical journal Private Eye sums it up by calling The Independent “The Indescribablyboring”.


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[ The Yellow Press: US journal Puck 1888 ]

 



I seem to recall that when The Independent was founded it proudly announced it would publish no royal news whatsoever.

That did not last long.

For example, in 2003 it played up the invented claims by a clearly unstable former employee of Prince Charles. It declared that the Prince's public denial of the claim that he had been involved in a compromising situation with a former member of the royal household was a “monumental miscalculation” that had resulted in "humiliating publicity" around the world. (“Royal scandal a prince haunted”: 9 November 2003) 

The former staff member was later revealed to be unstable and police and most media concluded his claims lacked any credibity.

 The monumental miscalculation was not Prince Charles',  it was by the grubby media who so willingly rushed for obvious reasons to lend any credence to this.
 
The newspaper is now conducting a campaign to denigrate the Royal Family through the selective choice of various communications with the government.

It avoids the real issue which is that the politicans have mishandled the issue and dishonoured their solemn agreement with their Sovereign. Instead, it publishes irrelevant matter such as the reactions of the minuscule United Kingdom republican movement.
 



 ...republican movements...    




The United Kingdom republican movement works hand in hand with the Australian republican movement. The spokesman of the United Kingdom movement recently explained on a Beijing radio station why
 the 1999 Australian republican referendum failed.

Apparently it wasn’t only the model which he neglected to mention was the choice of the overwhelming majority of elected republican delegates to the 1998 Constitutional Convention.

The reason was also that any model was put to the people. The last thing the people need, according to these republicans, United Kingdom or Australian, is to know what they are planning to replace their constitution with. (We shall soon post a link to that the Beijing radio discussion to this site)

You can believe what we say, the republicans argue. Just as the Australian and New Zealand republicans recently insisted that their supporter, Gerry Adams, was not in Australia in 1999 calling for a Yes vote.

So who was the Gerry Adams who appeared on the ABC, lectured at the University of New South Wales, attended a Lord Mayoral champagne reception in Brisbane, gave interviews to the press including Sydney's mass circulation Sun Herald, and demanded Australians vote Yes in the republican referendum?



..it's The Queen's -  give it back!...


                                                                                                
 

 What the paper does not even raise is the way in which successive British governments have failed - and failed disgracefully - to fulfill their side of the agreement under which they take The Queen’s income from the Crown Estate and does not return sufficient to maintain heritage buildings and the upkeep of British  head of state activities.  This would have to be provided in a politicians' republic, and comparisons with mainland Europe demonstrate it would cost substantially more.

As we have been saying for many years here until we almost are red in the face - it's The Queen's money. Give it back!  

It's not that the journalists who write these things are fools. Perhaps some of them may well be but we think that on the whole they are delinquent, they ignore their ethical obligations and they have a republican agenda.

Rather than pretending to report the news, these journalists should do the honest thing. They should stand for Parliament and - if they get in - push their political agenda there.



...no wonder it is neext to worthless...


The British government just this year made about  
$A350 million from the Crown Estate but have frozen the amounts paid to cover the costs of heritage buildings and official activities. This is a scandal which The Independent ignores completely. 

No wonder its value has fallen to £1.



 
Highgrove and caricature journalism Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 26 September 2010

It is a very tired and vindictive practice. It is particularly indulged in by lazy elements in the media. It is caricature journalism. It is usually directed at members of our Royal Family.

The first step is to try to paint the target as a caricature.  In Prince Philip’s case, this has centred on taking obvious examples of humour received as that and categorising these as “gaffes.”  In Prince Charles’ case it is to suggest he is “potty”. 

 



The caricature used is thus of someone who is claimed to be  "gaffe-prone” or not all there.

In relation to Prince Philip the technique is to ask someone what the Prince just said, usually a witty comment and then beat this up as the latest "shock gaffe".  


I expect that a computer programme will soon be developed to do this.



.....republican royal watchers...






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Some of these “journalists” are, as one openly describes himself, “ republican royal watchers”. Behind the veneer of their caricatures lurks an agenda, to remove the Crown from our crowned republics.

The purpose is malevolent; it is unremitting. It is to increase the power and role of the class of which they are an integral part in some politicians’ republic.

The unfortunate result of caricature journalism is that even fair and experienced journalists find it difficult to ignore something which has been artificially manufactured as newsworthy. This contrived capture of the news is something which serious journalists should consider carefully.

Should they be mere tools in the hands of people who abuse the privileges which the media enjoy for the most important reasons? Worse, should they give oxygen to the political agenda behind the lies and exaggerations these politician journalists indulge in?

The two princes are of course more substantial people than these caricatures. But some journalists never let the truth get in the way of a headline. The public is beginning to see through this robotic campaign. They recognize both for the formidable men they are.



 

  ....Highgrove: beautiful and important.... 

 




The recent interview Prince Charles gave to Alan Titchmarsh about the gardens he designed  and developed at Highgrove is a case in point.  


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Prince Charles: 65th Victory over Japan Day Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 22 August 2010

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall paid tribute to the bravery, dedication and sacrifices of those who fought for their country in the Second World War in a commemoration of the 65th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) in London on 15 August 2010.



 

Their Royal Highnesses met and spoke with veterans of the conflict and their families, along with representatives from the three Military Services at a reception hosted by the Burma Star Association, after the service.

The commemoration service celebrated the achievements of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the Allies in their victory in the Far East, and paid tribute to the 580,406 UK and Commonwealth Forces and 67,073 UK civilians who lost their lives during the Second World War.

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Elderly servicemen, many wearing their campaign medals, came together at the Cenotaph at Westminster to remember their comrades who did not come back from the war.

The half-hour remembrance began with prayers, followed by the Last Post and a minute’s silence.

The Prince of Wales laid a wreath at the base of the Cenotaph, as did Prime Minister David Cameron and representatives of the Armed Forces and veterans from Second World War Associations.

After the National Anthem, veterans and Standards of the Second World War Associations marched past the Cenotaph to warm applause from the crowds.

At the reception, Their Royal Highnesses talked with veterans as they were served refreshments.

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[ Japanese surrender on USS Missouri ]

The Prince of Wales has always held the bravery of those who fought in the Far East in the highest regard. In 2005 as part of the 60th anniversary of VJ Day, The Prince made a speech at a reception in London (Follow the link at "Read More " below).

He said: “Yours is such a special generation – stoical, loyal, indefatigable and dutiful. You have been the bedrock of this country for all these years and it will not be the same without you. We salute you with all our hearts.”

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