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Poll - Who is Essex's favourite Royal?

By MatthewWard  |  Posted: June 03, 2012

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, photographed in 1977

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Even the staunchest anti-Monarchist (no doubt keeping a low profile at the moment) has to admit that our Royalty have been a colourful bunch, down the ages.

And the current crop are no exception.

Prince Philip's lack of concern for politically correct language has given many of us a chuckle.

Charles's marital breakdown helped to show the world that these aloof and distant people were humans, too, with human failings - and his environmental crusade has shown us that there's more to him than meets the eye.

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Mysterious Princess Anne seems to like to keep herself to herself.

Harry often makes the papers for his hi-jinks - and it seemed like the whole world fell in love with the romance of "Wills and Kate" in the run up to last year's wedding.

But which is your favourite over all and who adds most to the colourful mosaic that makes up the fabric of Great Britain?

Vote in our poll to the right!

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  • Nanniki  |  June 07 2012, 7:23PM

    stevetheboy, I'd be interested to know about those. I do recall the alleged scandal involving Charles and one of his butlers a few years back. Does anyone know where I can find a clip of Andrew's inpromptu marching at the Falklands 25th Anniversary, when he appeared either drunk or stoned - one of the funniest things I've ever seen!

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  • stevetheboy  |  June 05 2012, 2:29PM

    Nanniki You forgot to mention Phil the Greeks Australian daughter. Also, the Andrew and Lord Porchester rumour is rather interesting. As for Charles; I thought his full title was 'The Royal Tampon' (Google is everyones friend)

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  • Nanniki  |  June 05 2012, 1:36PM

    stevetheboy, I agree that people here are clueless about the monarchy, although the term 'constitutional monarchy' is a misnomer as there is not a written constitution in this country, hence there are no real checks and balances on the authority and influence of the queen and royals. Take Charles, he is always shooting his big mouth off about topics he is not qualified in and knows nothing about. He has, for example, managed to ruin the plans for Chelsea Barracks, even though he is not a qualified architect. How many royalists know that their beloved queen is not in fact the rightful heir to the throne? The true heir lives in Australia and, to his credit, is a Republican. There is also talk that the late queen mother was illegitimate. Research has also shown that the so-called royals are related to thousands of members of the public through illegitimate offspring. To is shame, Britain is the only western country that still retains an imperial-style monarchy, to its detriment. It is unbelievable in the 21st century that this nonsense continues.

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  • stevetheboy  |  June 05 2012, 9:59AM

    CaptainCab, Nice piece and yes, we are not a democracy (Implying that a democracy is a good thing?).However, we are not a dictatorship either, we are a 'constitutional monarchy'. The power to remove the Monarchy is in the hands of the 'people'. Unfortunately, the 'people' are generally clueless about who or what the monarchy are and while that is the case, they shall remain in control.

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  • CaptainCab  |  June 04 2012, 5:34PM

    Recent research shows at least 20% of the British public is anti-monarchy, with 30% undecided. At best, the queen has only 50% public support. Republicans aren't hiding, they're very much out in the open, pointing out all that is rooten, rancid and rank about the oppressive monarchy in this country. Unlike mindless royalists, who are naive, gullible fools who swallow hook, line and sinker all of the propaganda spewed out by the media and establishment; Republicans are thinkers, intellectuals who critically analyse monarchy and, rightly, conclude, based on reality, not fairytale fiction spun by the BBC etc, that a Republic is by far the most democratic system of government; monarchy anti-democratic, discriminatory, immensely costly to the taxpayer and downright archaic and unfair. Does everyone who votes for a political party have membership of that party? Of course, just a minority. The alleged membership of Republic is a red-herring. There are at least 10 million Republicans in Britain, very possibly more. Only a fool would believe that the queen's role is ceremonial. She meets every week with the PM of the day. She is a very powerful political player in British politics. If she wants a policy pursued, it will be pursued, regardless of what the politicans and public thinkl. Two examples will suffice to illustrate this. Firstly, the late queen mother planned a coup, to be led by the army, against Wilson, due to his alleged Soviet agent status. Wilson resigned. Thatcher wanted to abolish the Commonwealth. The queen blocked this and kept the Commonwealth going, in order that she can continue to pretend she is queen Victoria heading a British empire that has long since passed. Remember the allegations of Al-Fayed, who claimed that the royals have as much power today as they did back in the 18c. Recall also the theories that philip was behind Diana's death. Not that far fetched when you consider how royals bumped each other off in the past. Any country that has an unelected head of state is not a democrary, but a dictatorship. Britain is a royal dictatorship - only one third of the government is elected, MPs; the Lords and the crown rule without a single vote amongst them. History shows us that all royal familes come to an end - be it the Bourbons in 18c France or the Romanovs in 20c Russia. Likewise, the Windsors will one day fall too.

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  • chalfred  |  June 03 2012, 4:01PM

    What a ludicrous poll! of course the Queen will win it.

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  • amber65  |  June 03 2012, 1:45PM

    where are these "millions" of republicans hiding, the official Republic organisation only has 21,000 members!!!!! how can you accuse the Queen of being a dictator when the only part she plays in politics is ceremonial.

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  • Nanniki  |  June 03 2012, 12:38PM

    Hear, hear Frankiiii. There's millions of us Republicans and we want an end to this oppressive, unelected, unaccountable dictatorship under the queen. She and her family are nothing more than parasites. The French most certainly did have the right idea. We rid ourselves of these parasites between 1649-60 and we need to do so again.

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  • Frankii's Back  |  June 03 2012, 12:30PM

    A dead one. The French had the right idea with the guillotine.

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