An Armchair Mayor editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
PRINCE PHILIP is stepping down from public duties. Retiring, basically. One can’t fault him for that – he’s 96.
Exactly what he’s retiring from isn’t always clear, except for a lot of ribbon cutting, luncheons, handing out awards for this and that, and small talk with his subjects at public events. Still, he’s been very good at it. Royals watchers marvel at his stamina for public engagements.
When someone remarked to him that they were sorry he was standing down, he reportedly answered, “Well, I can’t stand up much longer.”
He hasn’t always been the favourite Royal, making a name for himself with overly candid and not always endearing remarks. One thing about him, though, he’s always spoken plainly to people’s face, not behind their backs, whether it be disparaging remarks about their weight, their attire or even their choice of cars.
Word is that Prince Edward and his wife Sophie are being prepared to take over from the Prince.
Question is, do we really need anyone to take over for him? Do we, in fact, need the Royal Family at all?
Maybe this is the time to re-examine this whole monarchy thing. Just let them gracefully exit, one by one.
Many would agree with that concept, but there’s good reason to keep the Royals. Aside from being jolly good entertainment from time to time, they’re symbolic of our — yes, including Canada — history, of our sense of purpose, stiff upper lip, our values, in fact.
They’re a national past-time, and a connection among Commonweath nations. We love them like crazy. Yes, they’re expensive, but they’re something we’ve got that no one else does.
Let’s not be too hasty to nudge them out the door.