Sunday Tasmanian - - News | Letters -

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

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