MUCH TO LIKE ABOUT ROYAL FAMILY
YOUR columnist David Penberthy was on the right lines when he considered how strong public interest in the royal wedding at Windsor could have delayed, at least for a while, progress towards an Australian republic ( Sunday Tasmanian, May 27).
He touched on some significant issues, but I was disappointed that he was so critical of the royal family. I found it objectionable that he spoke of “this callous and dysfunctional lot’’, as well as “an unelected and unrepresentative bunch of born-to-rule toffs’’.
Although I became an Australian citizen years ago, I have never renounced my British citizenship. I have read a great deal about the British royals, and it cannot be denied that some English kings have fallen far short of what was expected of them. Yet others, in the manner of King George VI, displayed commendable behaviour in the face of great adversity.
For me, admittedly, Prince Charles has been something of an enigma, though I could appreciate his early interest in alternative therapies and paranormal phenomena. His sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, should be respected for their concern for needy people, as well as proving their worth as helicopter pilots.
The Queen herself has been outstanding with her example of public duty during a long reign.
A final word: I suppose some readers might accuse me of bias, as I have to admit that my father worked for the Duchy of Cornwall as an accountant from September 1939. I must also confess that the occasional rabbit, caught in the Duchy woods, helped to eke out our war-time food rations! John Legg Latrobe