Thursday 31 May 2012

ABC puts the Queen in the right position

The ABC was always to show the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London live and with own staff commenting the event from the UK. But that was the ABC in the USA. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) had intended to screen the 1975 movie Shampoo starring Warren Beatty instead of covering one of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee main events live.

Thanks to the Australians for Constitutional Monarchy (ACM's) national convenor David Flint activities the ABC changed heart and dumped the film. Last Sunday ACM launched an online petition asking viewers "to show the ABC that they should perform the role and function for which they are funded by the taxpayers of Australia".

On Tuesday David Flint could triumph in his send out:
"ABC has buckled to monarchist pressure and will now screen Live coverage of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on Sunday night in the Eastern States on ABC1 with Live coverage across Australia on ABC News 24."
The ABC's schedule:
On Sunday night (June 3) we will have the River Pageant on ABC1 from 11.30pm to 3.00 am – live coverage in the Eastern States- live/delayed in other states.

On ABC News 24 it will run live from 11.30pm to 3am. on Monday night 4th June 4 on ABC1 we will have the Highlights package from 6-7pm as already announced. (The rights to the concert are not available - see Channel 9 below)

On Tuesday night 5th June we will have coverage of arrivals at St Paul's Cathedral on ABC1 from 6-7pm – Live in Eastern states, delayed in other states.

On ABC1 from 22.30pm to 00.45am the coverage will include the carriage procession, gun salute, the palace balcony appearance etc. Live in Eastern States, delayed in other states.

On ABC News 24 the live coverage will run from 7pm including the Thanksgiving Service, through to 00.45am.

On Wednesday night (June 6) – ABC1 will have the highlights package from 6-7pm as already announced.

On Thursday night 7th June 7 – ABC1 will have a repeat of The Diamond Queen Ep 1 at 6:00pmOn Friday night 8th June 8 – ABC1 will have a repeat of The Diamond Queen Ep 2 at 6:00pm

On Saturday night 9th June 9 – ABC1 will have a repeat of The Diamond Queen Ep 3 at 5:30pm

The BBC and UKTV (available on Foxtel, Optusvision and Austar) are presenting large amounts of coverage direct from London of the Jubilee events.

Some specific highlights on UKTV are:

Sunday 3rd of June - 11:15pm - 3:15am - The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant (repeated Monday evening at 8:00pm)

Tuesday 5th of June - 6:15pm -9:45pm - The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Royal Procession

Tuesday 5th of June - 11:00pm -1:00am - The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving

Wednesday 6th of June - 7:30pm - 10:55pm - The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert

Much of this will also be shown on the BBC World News service on Foxtel, Optusvision and Austar and the BBC on ABC News24.

As in the past the ABC has shown a complete and dare I say, in the opinion of yours truly, an arrogant disinterest in Royal events. But to give them credit: They are willing to correct some of their mistakes. And setting things right after committing an error is commendable.

Channel 9

Tuesday 5th June at 20.00 Diamond Jubilee Concert from Buckingham Palace celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee which marks 60 years of the Queen's reign. Acts include Kylie Minogue, Jessie J, Ed Sheeran, JL, Stevie Wonder, Madness, Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney and Annie Lennox.

Ahead of Diamond Jubilee: The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall met 28 living VCs and GCs

As the world prepares for the Diamond Jubilee, all 28 living holders of the Victoria Cross or the George Cross – the highest accolades for bravery in the Commonwealth – have been invited to London as guests of honour.

The Prince of Wales, President of The Victoria Cross and George Cross Association, and The Duchess of Cornwall attended a Victoria Cross and George Cross Association tea party at the In & Out, 4 St James's Square, London.

Pictured with Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla are:
BACK ROW Barry Johnson GC – critically injured after tackling a set of mortar bombs next to a hospital in Derry in October 1989.
Michael Pratt GC – police duty, Melbourne Australia, 1976.
Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith VC – the Australian became the association’s newest member after fighting off heavily armed insurgents in Afghanistan in 2006.
Kim Hughes GC – defused seven improvised explosive devices, three with his bare hands, in Afghanistan.
Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry VC – twice saved the lives of countless colleagues while under fire in 2004.
Lance Corporal Matt Croucher GC – threw himself on an exploding grenade to save his comrades in Afghanistan in 2008.
Jack Bamford GC – rescued brothers from a fire at the age of 15 in 1952.
Alfred Lowe GC – Royal Navy, 1948.

MIDDLE ROW Bill Speakman VC – fought off enemy fire in the Korean War in 1951 by throwing stones, shoes and beer bottles.
Henry Flintoff GC – rescued a farmer from a bull at the age of 13 in 1944.
Jim MacDonald – representing the Royal Ulster Constabulary (GC).
Awang Anak Raweng GC – Army scout, Malaya 1951.
Keith Payne VC – saved the lives of soldiers under his command in Vietnam in 1969.
Margaret Purves GC – rescued scout and leader from the sea at the age of 14 in South Wales in 1949. Joseph Zammit Tabona – representing Malta (GC)

FRONT ROW Stuart Archer – bomb disposal, South Wales, 1940.
Henry Stevens GC – police duty, Kent, 1958.
James Beaton – royal protection officer who foiled attempted kidnap of Princess Anne, 1974.
Captain Rambahadur Limbu VC – Gurkha, Indonesia 1965.
Tony Gledhill GC – police duty, London, 1966.
Major Peter Norton GC – supervised a major bomb disposal operation in Iraq in 2005 despite having suffered dreadful injuries.

SAS Trooper Mark Donaldson (to the left of the Queen) received the Victoria Cross in 2009, but was not present at Prince Charles' receiption. The photo shows Michael Pratt GC, Mark Donaldson VC and Keith Payne VC, at a reception for the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association on 10th November 2010.

 Australian Keith Payne VC, who won his VC in Vietnam in 1969, accepted the Diamond Jubilee medal from Prince Charles.

Sunday 27 May 2012

New South Wales welcomes The Duke of Gloucester

His Royal Highness Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester, has returned to Australia. He spent a couple of years down under while his father served as Governor-General in Australia. In 1945, Prince Henry, who had been Chief Liaison Officer to the British Field Force in France, became Australia's first royal Governor General. The family moved to Australia.

On 21st May The Duke of Gloucester, who is 21st in line for the throne, arrived at Sydney Kingsford-Smith Airport. His Royal Highness, Grand Prior, the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, attended a Service of Prayer to commemorate the Opening of the Grand Council of the Order at St. James Church, 173 King Street, Sydney.

The Duke of Gloucester afterwards attended a Reception given by the Premier of New South Wales, Barry O'Farrell, at Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney.

The next day, The Duke of Gloucester attended the Grand Council Meeting at the Shangri-La Sydney, 176 Cumberland Street, the Rocks, Sydney.

On 23rd May The Duke of Gloucester, Grand Prior, the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, today attended the Grand Council Meeting at the Shangri-La Sydney, 176 Cumberland Street, the Rocks, Sydney.

His Royal Highness, who is Patron  of the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust, met Nuffield Australia Farming Scholars in Sydney. The charity organisation provides a scholarship scheme for the benefit of the Australian farming community.

Through the adoption of local and international best practice and continuous development of a network of industry leaders and innovators, the scholarship scheme promotes excellence in all aspects of Australian agricultural production, distribution and management.

That evening The Duke of Gloucester, Grand Prior, the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, attended the Grand Council Dinner at the Shangri-La Sydney.

On 24th May The Duke of Gloucester was received for a Luncheon at New South Wales' upper house in the president’s dining room. The president, Don Harwin, had consulted the archives and dished up the same menu the duke’s father had been served in the same room when he ended his term as the Governor-General, 65 years ago.

In the evening His Royal Highness attended a Dinner given by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Ms. Quentin Bryce, at Government House, Canberra.

On 26th May The Duke of Gloucester presented the Duke of Gloucester Cup to the 2nd Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment at Victoria Barracks, Oxford Street, Sydney, New South Wales.

The Duke of Gloucester Cup

The Duke of Gloucester Cup, the three awards are presented to the most efficient infantry battalion of the Australian Army, ship of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during the previous year. The awards were created by HRH Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester in 1946, while he was serving as the Governor-General of Australia, and were first presented in 1947. The RAAF's Gloucester Cup recognises the most proficient flying squadron during a calendar year.

The Duke of Gloucester’s Governor-Generalship was assessed by Max Harris in the Bulletin in 1983. Harris’ verdict was that ‘the Duke of Gloucester was our greatest Governor-General’. He justified his opinion with the following examples which illuminate the Duke’s activities whilst serving in the position:

It was the Gloucester concept of the office that differed from any other of the incumbents before or since. He believed that the Governor-General had to make himself visible to ordinary Australians… And it was up to him to go to them… Within two of Australia’s grimmest years, 1944 and 1945, by land and a problematical little aircraft, he covered 63 000 bush miles…

A soldier runs through the smoke during the bayonet assault course at the Duke of Gloucester cup.

Photographer: CPL Marshall Ryan

Wednesday 23 May 2012

Gurrumul to sing for the Queen

The Australian indigenous singer Gurrumul will perform a specially commissioned song at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert in London as part of a chorus of stars.

Gurrumul Yunupingu will share the stage with musical heavyweights like Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Tom Jones, Sir Elton John and Sir Cliff Richard on Monday, 4th June.

They'll perform the song Sing, which was written by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Gary Barlow as part of musical celebrations for the Queen's 60-year reign.

The song has been recorded at studios around the world, including Australia, and Gurrumul's contribution is featured in the chorus, where he sings in his native Yolngu language.

Tuesday 22 May 2012

The Prime Minister of Canada on Victoria Day

Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement on the occasion of Victoria Day:

Today, Laureen and I join Canadians from across the country in the official celebration of the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada.

“This joyous day comes as Canada and the Commonwealth celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with several special events and initiatives taking place throughout 2012.

“For six decades, The Queen and the people of Canada have shared a deep affection, and we pay tribute to the great dedication, distinction, and grace with which Her Majesty has served as Canada’s Head of State.

“Canadians are also marking the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s accession to the Throne by hosting Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall during their Diamond Jubilee Tour.

“Victoria Day also affords an opportunity to celebrate our proud heritage and the strong historical ties that have forged our close friendship with the United Kingdom.

 “On behalf of Canadians, I offer Her Majesty The Queen our most sincere and heartfelt wishes of health and happiness for many years to come.”

Monday 21 May 2012

The Queen has hailed the work of her Armed Forces

RAF Tucano aircraft form the number '60' to mark the number of years the Queen has spent on the throne.

At a Diamond Jubilee parade of more than 2,500 men and women from the military Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II expressed her appreciation.

"Chief of the Defence Staff;

I very much appreciate your kind words. It is a tradition of very long standing that the Sovereign, and members of the Royal Family, are intimately associated with the Armed Forces and have been proud to serve in all three services.

In addition we have special connections with particular commands of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines; Corps and Regiments of the Army, and Air Stations of the Royal Air Force. We greatly value these connections as it means we meet the wider family of wives and husbands of the currently serving men and women of the Armed Forces.

We are very proud of the selfless service, and sacrifices made by servicemen and women and their families in recent years. It is very gratifying to celebrate and take pride in successful achievements, but the real test of character is the ability to maintain morale and a positive spirit in bad times as well as when things are going well.

It is a great pleasure to see representatives of the three Armed Services here today, and it also gives me the opportunity to send greetings and best wishes to their families and friends, and to all those members of the Armed Services who cannot be here today."

 When 2,500 men and women from all three services marched, they were not merely saluting their sovereign but celebrating their own. As The Daily Telegraph noticed: The Armed Fordes celebrations were "with no politicians or celebrities daring to crash the event". However, foreign Monarchs were present. One could spot among others Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and her husband, Prince Henrik, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, King Harald V of Norway, King Michael I of Romania and King Simeon II of the Bulgarians.

The Chief of the Defence Staff, Sir David Richards, praised The Queen's 60 years as sovereign: "Her Majesty's support and encouragement over the years has created a very special bond between the monarch and her forces. That link is felt by all those who have the privilege to wear Her Majesty's uniform."

Wednesday 16 May 2012

21 Australian cinemas will present ‘A Queen is Crowned’ as part of HM’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

A Queen is Crowned’ is the only colour film of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s 1953 coronation ceremony, narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier. Upon its original release, the film won a BAFTA, a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Oscar at the 26th Annual Academy Awards.

This will be the first time this lavish documentary has been seen in cinemas since its initial release 60 years ago. Rights owners ITV Studios Global Entertainment have carefully restored the film in time for this historic occasion.

CinemaLive’s CEO, Peter Skillman, said of the release: ‘I’m delighted to begin our relationship with Park Circus by bringing this remarkable piece of history to the Australian public, for one very special day leading up to the excitement of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations."

Nicholas Varley, Park Circus’ Managing Director says: ‘We are pleased to have teamed up with CinemaLive on this project. Park Circus has been at the forefront in making classic films available to worldwide audiences in the digital format. We have always looked for new and innovative ways to get classic films back in theatres and what a wonderful way to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen”.

These are the cinemas, where "A Queen is Crowned" will be shown:

New South Wales

Odeon Cinema, Orange

Forum 6 Cinema, Tamworth

Forum 6 Cinema, Wagga Wagga

Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Cremorne


Palace Cinema, Balwyn

Palace Dendy, Brighton

Wangaratta Cinema, Centre

Deakin Cinema Complex, Mildura


Cmax Cinema, Devonport

Western Australia

Grand Cinemas, Warwick

Grand Cinemas, Bunbury

South Australia

Wallis Cinemas, Mt Barker

Wallis Cinemas, Noarlunga

Wallis Cinemas, Picadilly

Wallis Cinemas, Mitcham

Semaphore Odeon Star, Cinema

Oatmill Cinema, Mt Gambier

Gawler Village Twin Cinema

The Age spoke to Jason Ronald, Victorian president of monarchist group the Royal Over-Seas League, who said the cinema release was a ''great idea'' that reflected increasing interest in the Diamond Jubilee.

''Going to the cinema was the only way to see it in Australia 59 years ago, so they're trying to recreate the atmosphere and I think it's marvellous.''

He is certainly right. See you at the movies!!

Saturday 12 May 2012

Greek Crown Prince comments on the political crisis in his country

In an article published in The Periscope Post His Royal Highness Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece commented his country's political deadlock after the elections of 6th May.
Greece has always had a strong-minded population that liked to work hard and was proud of its history. Sadly we do not have too much to be proud of at the moment. This was the chance to get some change and new blood in to the government, but unfortunately the extremist mentality of some of the parties will make it near on impossible to structure a viable coalition. A second election has a good chance of keeping the traditional duopoly intact but with hopefully a reasonable third party for balance. We may even see an outright victory, which would be good because we need stability more than anything else right now. 
The lesson to be learnt here is that most of the party leaders gave everything for a chance at the PM position – but did so without a real appreciation of the country’s and its citizens’ needs. I hope that we will see some leadership with responsibility towards Greece, all members of the population and, of course, our place in Europe. Long term corruption and tax evasion has brought Greece to her knees. All this led to the vote – or lack of vote – on Sunday by Greek citizens that made it look like an attempt for defection, but in actual fact it’s simply a vote of no confidence in past leadership. The future leaders need to work for the country first and then their personal glory. The people have spoken and the politicians need to listen. We have the ability to work together so let’s put our misgivings and pride aside and let’s get Hellas back on track.

Crown Prince Pavlos will soon be launching a regular discussion forum hosted on The Periscope Post, engaging selected participants and Periscope readers in conversations about current social and economic topics.

Wednesday 2 May 2012

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Windsor Castle, 24th April 2012

"The Queen wishes me to write and thank you for the kind message which you have sent on the occasion of her eighty-sixth birthday.

"Her Majesty greatly appreciates your thought for her at this time, and I am to thank you very much for your loyalty and continuing support in this, The Queen's Diamond Jubilee year."

Tuesday 1 May 2012

French claimant to the throne endorses Nicolas Sarkozy

Last week La Nouvelle Action royaliste asked its supporters to vote for François Holland (Parti Socialiste) in next Sunday's run-off elections.

Yesterday Prince Henri, Comte de Paris, claimant to the French throne, came out in support of the incumbent candidate, Nicolas Sarkozy (UMP - Union pour un Mouvement Populaire).

Via his twitter account Prince Henri wrote:

Dans un tweet posté vers 13 heures, le Comte de Paris déclare « En ces temps troublés autant qu’opaques la France a besoin d’un capitaine compétent parce qu’expérimenté pour redevenir une France forte. »

Addendum 15h20 : « LES CAPETIENS ONT CONSTRUIT UNE FRANCE FORTE. ELLE DOIT LE RESTER », confirme-t-il sur Twitter.

(At 1 pm yesterday - 30th April - Le Comte de Paris has declared: « In these troubled times France needs a competent head, experienced enough to make France strong again. »

Added later at 3.20 pm: « The Capetiens - members of the French dynasty since Hugues Capet was elected and crowned King of France in 987 - built a strong France. She must remain that. »

« La France forte » is of course Nicolas Sarkozy's election slogan. By using this slogan twice in his tweets, Le Comte de Paris.

The Royalists supporting Prince Henri are enthusiastic about his declaration:

En vrai Prince de son époque, c'est via son compte Twitter que le chef de la maison royale de France, Monseigneur le comte de Paris vient publiquement d'apporter son soutien à Nicolas Sarkozy pour le vote du 6 Mai prochain.