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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.
 

Prince Charles: Respected World Statesman Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 05 April 2009

It was my second visit to the beautiful city of Valparaiso in Chile. The young man, who was showing foreigners some of the magnificent buildings in the city, referred with evident pride to the recent visit to Chile of “el Principe Carlos y Camilla”, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Prince Charles recently led a number of meetings in Chile and various Latin American capitals on the issue of sustainable development and the preservation of the rain forests. The Prince of Wales is so highly regarded across the continent that these meetings were atttended by the leaders in each country.


The video on the ACM site shows Prince Charles in Brazil.



Chileans recall that their country owed much of her development to Britain and that as with all of South America, the country was under British  protection for the better part of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. For most of this time, the enforcement of the US Monroe doctrine against European involvement in the Americas was actually left to the Royal Navy.

Informed Chileans, - as well as other Latin Americans -   lament the fact that unlike Australia, New Zealand and Canada, and indeed  the United States, they did not benefit from two  superb institutions  from  the British. These are first,  the rule of law under the common law and second, an evolved system of governance,  that “auspicious union of freedom and power” as  Thomas Babbington Macaulay so eloquently described it.

The troubled history of each Latin American nation, and the effect this history has had on their economies, the happiness of their peoples and their ability to play an international role demonstrates the crucial difference these gifts have made.

Uniformed and destructive Australian republicans, wanting change for the sake of change,   really have to show how their plans for fundamental constitutional change will not have the effect of throwing the baby out with the bathwater.  That is when they actually deign to tell us what their plans are.


....Prince Charles: World Leadership beyond politics...
 

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The world wide influence of Prince Charles was then demonstrated during the recent Group of 20 meeting in London.  This was when he called - and chaired - a crucial meeting to support one of his many projects, The Prince’s Rain Forest Project. This is about emergency action to  cut  the  deforestation of the rain forests.

Just look at the list of those who came, and ask who else could have done this. The participants included the Indonesian President, the World Bank President, the German Chancellor, the Japanese, Italian, Australian, Guyanese, and Norwegian Prime Ministers, the  President of the European Union Commission, Hilary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, the British Foreign Secretary and the Brazilian Foreign Minister.

Encouraged by the Prince, they agreed to establish an expert-level international working group to provide interim emergency funding to help what are called the “Rainforest Nations”. The purpose is to “make the trees worth more alive than dead” before other international financing mechanisms take effect.  Whether or not you believe in anthropogenic global warming, few would dissent from the need to preserve the world’s remaining rain forests.

The fact is world leaders take Prince Charles seriously. He follows in the traditions of his father and right back to Albert, the Prince Consort. Prince Charles is providing world leadership beyond politics.



...media caricatures...

 

 

But rather than reporting his role and influence, some shabby journalists and media outlets have prefered to engage in a series of campaigns to caricature the Prince,  just as they have tried to do to his father, the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Duke’s major contributions to the preservation of wild life, conservation generally and youth work are ignored by most of the media. Instead they prefer to caricature him as “gaffe prone.”   A similar media campaign tries to caricature Prince Charles as a self indulgent eccentric.

Remember, for example, the complete fabrication that he has several eggs boiled for him each morning so that he could select one to his taste.  As with these campaigns, the original fabrication or exaggeration goes around the world; the correction is not usually published. Similar campaigns are in place against the young Princes William and Harry.

Attempts were made to do the same to The Queen – just remember the columns of  those  Australian scribes Mike Carlton and Leo Schofield. The media can be quite Machiavellian too. When Diana, Princess of Wales died, the British tabloids tried to distract attention from their complicity in the actions of the paparazzi by trying to attack The Queen on such matters of import as the flag over the Palace.



...a golden age....



As we have long predicted here, each year The Queen grows in authority and respect. In the future, the years of her long reign will be remembered as a golden age, the second Elizabethan era predicted at the beginning of her reign. Just look at the photos from the G20, and the videos embedded on the ACM site.

[ The Queen and the G20 leaders ]

 



Her Majesty is,  as youth ambassador young Harry White so cogently put it at the opening of the last Commonwealth Games in Melbourne: "You have been the glue that held us all together…in good times and bad times. The love and great affection that we all hold for you is spread across one third of the world's population".

(This was the occasion when our crass republicans tried unsuccessfully to suppress our Australian Royal Anthem, and some young monarchists distributed the text to those attending. The crowd stood as one to join with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in singing eight bars.)

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[ The Queen and the US First Lady, Michelle Obama ]




...Our  Australian Royal Family...



The Queen and the Royal Family have long demonstrated their care, concern and interest in the Australian nation and its people. The latest indication was the presence of the Prince and the Duchess at the memorial for the bushfire and flood victims at Westminster Abbey. Once again, Australians would do well to remember there is no early superannuation here, no golden handshakes, and no rorts. The Royal Family does not even campaign to keep the monarchy – it is our decision The Queen says. But Her Majesty has confirmed that as long as we wish, she will continue to serve as she  has for over half the life of our nation.

We have a superb Royal Family, ready, indeed eager, to serve. The Canadians, led obviously by clever people of integrity, know this. The Royal Family plays a significant role in Canadian affairs, and on great occasions, in the representation of Canada overseas. The Queen of Canada and those in the line of succession to the Canadian throne have obtained a level of international standing and respect and an internal cohesion which is unequalled.

Canada’s leaders know this. So do New Zealand’s. (Indeed New Zealand has just announced that eminent New Zealanders will obtain the international respect which is their due with the restoration of the sort of title that Sir Edmund Hillary and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa have worn with pride).

So why don’t Australia’s leaders do the same and put aside their half baked, unformulated republicanism and remember the people had firmly rejected the politicians’ republic a long decade ago. We remain a very fortunate indissoluble Federal Commonwealth under the Crown. We are a crowned but we are not -  and show no wish to be  - a politician’s republic.

The politicians, from the Prime Minister down would be wise not to forget this.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Republican media campaign against Prince Charles documentary Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 01 February 2009

Some republicans are seriously worried about the screening across Australia of the BBC documentary on Prince Charles. Why else would a leading republican media network attack not only the programme, but its readers?

So beware. If you watch it you must be a “misogynistic geriatric.”

Broadcast on ABC1 at 6:05 pm on Monday 2 February 2009, the documentary  shows aspects of the Prince’s life and work in the main  unknown by the general public. In particular, few realise that at a time when most people are thinking of retirement, he raises over a quarter billion dollars each year for various charities, and particularly for the disadvantaged. 

This is unknown because it is little mentioned in the media. Yet the media will relay  stories  around the world about such matters as the nick name everybody uses in a club, a nick name about which the man addressed is perfectly content.

But as I say, some republicans must be extremely worried about the truth. What else would explain the following tirade in the television guide for the Fairfax network on 2 February?  (I understand this will appear in The Age.)

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[ Kylie Minogue invested by Prince Charles ]s


The quality of the review by Michael Lallo can be seen by the opening paragraph, and the insults he heaps on Fairfaxs readers in his conclusion. 

“Five minutes into this documentary, I began to feel queasy. After 10 minutes, I was projectile vomiting. By the end, I had to be forcibly sedated. It really is objectionable: nothing but sexist drivel, conservative moralising and monarchal propaganda.”

"Queasy?" "Projectile vomiting?"  "Forcibly sedated?" Mr. Gallo is writing for some of our great journals of record.

And you are warned not to enjoy the programme or even find it interesting. “This sycophantic tripe,” Mr. Lallo insists “will appeal to no one except misogynistic geriatrics.”  

They're worried.
 

 
Prince Charles: Duty and Service Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 03 January 2009
Prince Charles has established a veritable empire of charities touching upon those eclectic areas of interest to him ranging from the disadvantaged, through education, the environment, architecture and other areas. 

As we report in the current issue of The Australian Constitutional Defender, His Royal Highness has views and expresses them; he has beliefs with which not everyone may agree, but he pursues them with passion but with   dignity. Indeed in some areas, he could be fairly said to have been ahead of public opinion.

The Queen has paid tribute to one particular aspect of Prince Charles’ work which began 30 years ago when he established the Prince’s Trust. As Her Majesty says in the video below, he has offered opportunities to a vast number of young people, opportunities which have changed their lives. This video is followed by one which illustrates just some of the extraordinary range of activities undertaken by The Princes Charities.

The current issue of The Defender is now ready for printing, and once the holidays are over should be  delivered  in about two weeks. The Defender goes to everybody on the ACM mailing list.

If you are not on our mailing list , but wish  receive a copy of this issue , email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  , asking to receive The Defender 9, and providing your name, postal address, email and telephone number. 

  

 

 

 

 

 
Prince Charles 60th birthday Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
 

HRH The Prince Charles Prince of Wales, heir apparent to the Crowns  of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and twelve other independent countries, celebrated his sixtieth birthday on 14 November, 2008.

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The Australian Crown is the oldest constitutional institution and a central check and balance in our Federal Westminster system. The Crown has been with us on all of the important events in our history, from the settlement through self government to federation and independence. It has been with us in peace and in war, in times of prosperity and times of strain.

But in addition to this, the Royal House has set a standard of service which is rare in the world, and to which all Australians may equally aspire. The Queen learned this at the foot of her father King George VI and her mother Queen Elizabeth. When she turned 21 , and she famously dedicated her life to our service, a promise she has never broken. She has passed this same sense of service  to her children, as they have to theirs.

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[With his mother the then Princess Elizabeth]

Prince Charles has exemplified this centrality of service in the way in which he leads his life. His years as a young man were spent in the navy and air force where he became a pilot qualified to fly an extraordinary range of aircraft including the wartime Spitfire, the Harrier and the F4 Phantom. He has commanded a ship in the Royal Navy.

It has been in his subsequent life and more recently at a time when most are considering retirement that he has set an example of service which is rare in the world.

He has established a veritable empire of charities touching upon those eclectic areas of interest to him ranging from the disadvantaged, through education, the environment, architecture and other areas.  He has views and expresses them; he has beliefs with which not everyone may agree, but he pursues them with passion but with   dignity. Indeed in some areas, he could be fairly said to have been ahead of public opinion.

The media have concentrated in the main on his private life as well as certain opinions carefully and malevolently  selected to demonstrate a degree of eccentricity, as the same media have long done in relation to his father. And as with his father the many good works which are central to his life are ignored.

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[Prince Charles invests Ms.Kylie Minogue OBE ]

 

As visitors to our website will know, the media at times will publish stories the veracity of which is untested and which the commonly agreed ethical rules of the press and the law of defamation would counsel against that publication should not be undertaken without further investigation.  These typically receive and are intended to receive enormous attention around the world; when the truth emerges this is too often downplayed or even ignored.

The Prince accepts all of this with commendable equanimity, tinged at times by a degree of resignation, and except in egregious cases, rarely resorts to the remedies which most would engage.

In Australia, the republican movement is often too lazy to do the hard work to identify the constitutional flaws they so often and so vaguely and imprecisely imply, to say nothing of the remedies for which they must ultimately argue.

Instead they gleefully see in every media fabrication and exaggeration the elusive goal which they seek, to remove our oldest institution, the one above politics, from the constitutional system of our Commonwealth of Australia and to convert it into some as yet unspecified politicians’ republic.

In this way, they excitedly and most prematurely declared the wedding of The Prince to the Duchess of Cornwall in 2005 as the turning point, their golden opportunity. Their heralds in the commentariat foolishly declared that Australians would be uninterested and this would be the early dawn of some new republic.

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Although the transmission of the event was very early on a Sunday morning, a time when typically the young would be out and the elderly in bed, the broadcast attracted a record nationwide audience.

Again they will frequently argue that polling showing some marginally increased support for a republic on the Prince’s accession is a firm and clear indication of the future, as if asking people to indicate how they will think in say, two decades time is of any utility whatsoever.

When a leading republican commentator, albeit by what I am satisfied was a genuine error, wrote a prominent piece based on the proposition that a poll by the Murdoch newspapers  indicated support for a republic on the Princes accession would rise  to 66%, I contacted  both to the commentator and the newspaper to point out their manifest error.

But knowing the actual figure was not 66% but 52%, indicating a rise of only 8%, and that on all precedents, any referendum on that figure would be doomed, The Sydney Morning Herald nevertheless editorialised about polling indicating the likelihood of Australia becoming a republic on the Prince’s accession.

For one week this once great journal of record steadfastly refused to  publish a letter correcting their gross error, leaving it to the commentator to correct it - in an aside - in his weekly column.

Given this malevolent bias, it is not surprising that the  most in the media give little inkling of the dedication to service which is not so much a highlight of the Prince’s life but his very raison d'être.

It is not that the results cannot be measured. His charitable empire seems to function at minimal cost, no doubt because of the service which the Prince freely gives.

In recent years, the annual income is more than – and with the decline in the Australian dollar - substantially more than a quarter of a billion dollars.


About three quarters of a million people, in the United Kingdom and in the poorer Commonwealth, hitherto living in situations which can be described as disadvantaged and or dysfunctional, have had their lives touched and changed by the Prince.

 His sense of service has been transmitted to his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, who are treading the same path.

If these facts were widely known – as we at ACM intend to do our best to ensure this – then the accession will have no effect on the debate as to change in Australia. He would be seen as the sort of man he is – an ideal heir to our throne.

In recent years we have taken to marking the Prince’s birthday, and this year ACM had functions in Sydney –three -, Perth at our National Conference, Hobart, Brisbane and Wagga Wagga.

At all of these the expressions of affection and respect for the Prince and his family were strong and clear.

One function was intended specifically for young people, and to capture the occasion, my young colleague Jai Martinkovits has  made a DVD with a small but diverse group of young Australian achievers indicating their views on the role and function of the Crown in the constitutional system, and conveying a personal message to the Prince. This has been sent to him as a small gift on the occasion of his birthday.

At the three functions in Sydney, Anna Dowsley sung the beautiful anthem “God Bless The Prince of Wales” , and this was included in the DVD.

On the occasion of his 60th birthday, which fell recently on 14 November, the supporters of ACM, and I am sure most Australians, would join in saying:

“God Bless The Prince of Wales”.

 

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The life and times of Prince Charles: a gallery of 60 photographs Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 16 November 2008

A gallery of sixty pictures on the life and times of Prince Charles has been put together by The Guardian newspaper to celebrate his 60th birthday.   It begins with this photograph taken on 21 December, 1948. This shows The Queen, then The Princess Elizabeth, with her one-month-old baby son, Prince Charles, in a crib in Buckingham Palace.  The photograph is by Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis.

 

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