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  • Zincubus
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    Ahhhh... thanks guys


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  • Richard1978
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    Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
    I think that Arran is mostly referring to the years during The Troubles, the IRA, and the security which is why the Queen has never stayed in Northern Ireland over Christmas - am I correct?
    I don't think she visited for years because of the above reasons.

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  • George 1978
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    Originally posted by Zincubus View Post
    Have I missed something ??
    I think that Arran is mostly referring to the years during The Troubles, the IRA, and the security which is why the Queen has never stayed in Northern Ireland over Christmas - am I correct?

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  • Zincubus
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    Originally posted by Arran View Post
    The Queen has never spent a Christmas in Northern Ireland.
    Have I missed something ??


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  • George 1978
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    Originally posted by Arran View Post
    The Queen has never spent a Christmas in Northern Ireland.
    Neither have I.

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  • Arran
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    All sorts of people watch the Queen on Christmas day. Not all are Royalists or even particularly admire her. Some people even watch the Queen to look at surrounding features - like the baubles on the tree.

    Remember the Annus Horribilis speech? It was a bit before my time but you can find it on YouTube.

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  • George 1978
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    Originally posted by battyrat View Post
    The queens speech is something we have always ignored on telly. As a kid we were always more interested in playing or being wrapped up in other family things. As an adult I could not really give a monkeys.

    I can remember some of our decorations being many years old especially the glass baubles.
    To be honest, I didn't pay much attention when I was a child back in the 1980s - I was probably a lot more interested in playing with toys I had as presents than that sort of thing. I think that it was from 2002 onwards (because of the Golden Jubilee celebrations mostly) that I have taken an interest in what the Queen has to say. Tastes change as we get older, along with society in general advancing over the years and I think that has a lot to do with it.

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  • George 1978
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    Originally posted by Zincubus View Post
    I really don't care ( putting it politely) for the Royals to be honest for sooooo many reasons .. mainly because of what Charles did to Lady Di and the way the Royal family treated her .. plus the hunting they all seem to indulge themselves in ..

    That said I do like Di's two sons especially Harry who I'd like to take over from Queenie


    I've also always been intrigued with Henry Vlll ..
    I did GCSE History at school which I think is one reason. Mind you, in the mid 1990s The Sun seemed to think that the Royal Family was some sort of soap opera around the time of the Charles and Diana divorce - and then Diana was killed not long afterwards.

    No, I can live with it - soap operas on Christmas Day I can't live with - all that bickering from characters "oh, I'm having an affair" and "I'm going off with him" and "I've just screwed her" etc. At least Channel 5 has given Home and Away a break for obvious reasons. Perhaps the State Opening of Parliament on Christmas Day would be a lot better than all that?

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  • battyrat
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    The queens speech is something we have always ignored on telly. As a kid we were always more interested in playing or being wrapped up in other family things. As an adult I could not really give a monkeys.

    I can remember some of our decorations being many years old especially the glass baubles.

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  • Arran
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    The Queen has never spent a Christmas in Northern Ireland.

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  • Zincubus
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    Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
    I know that! Her Lady in Waiting is quite aware of my correspondence to Buckingham Palace in recent years however.

    Catherine Middleton or Meghan Markle would probably be a lot closer to my own age group!
    I really don't care ( putting it politely) for the Royals to be honest for sooooo many reasons .. mainly because of what Charles did to Lady Di and the way the Royal family treated her .. plus the hunting they all seem to indulge themselves in ..

    That said I do like Di's two sons especially Harry who I'd like to take over from Queenie


    I've also always been intrigued with Henry Vlll ..


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  • George 1978
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    Originally posted by Zincubus View Post
    I wasn't suggesting you fancied the Queen
    I know that! Her Lady in Waiting is quite aware of my correspondence to Buckingham Palace in recent years however.

    Catherine Middleton or Meghan Markle would probably be a lot closer to my own age group!

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  • Zincubus
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    Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
    She's a bit too old for me - besides, I think that the Duke of Edinburgh might object!

    No, I just think that the Royal Family is all about being British and showing our true identity - I think that they are a good excuse to celebrate what is positive about Great Britain and it makes a huge change from all the negative stuff that this country is famous for. In a nutshell, I don't want to see this country end up with a President just like the United States and other countries. If it means a bit of Union Jack flying and singing the National Anthem all the time then so be it.
    I can understand that viewpoint..

    I wasn't suggesting you fancied the Queen

    I really like James Hetfield ( Metallica ) that's nowt to do with fancying him LOL


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  • George 1978
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    Originally posted by Zincubus View Post
    That is interesting.. so you like the Queen in particular rather than the traditional Queen's speech !?

    She's a bit too old for me - besides, I think that the Duke of Edinburgh might object!

    No, I just think that the Royal Family is all about being British and showing our true identity - I think that they are a good excuse to celebrate what is positive about Great Britain and it makes a huge change from all the negative stuff that this country is famous for. In a nutshell, I don't want to see this country end up with a President just like the United States and other countries. If it means a bit of Union Jack flying and singing the National Anthem all the time then so be it.

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  • Zincubus
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    Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
    I am not really bothered who writes it - it's who reads it that matters.
    That is interesting.. so you like the Queen in particular rather than the traditional Queen's speech !?


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