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    The Queen at 90: Why it's more than just a celebration of Elizabeth's birthday
    Events over next 2 months intended to send signals that monarch is still firmly in command
    By Janet Davison, CBC News Posted: Apr 20, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 20, 2016 2:23 PM ET

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/queen-e...tion-1.3541552



    In pictures: Queen Elizabeth II at 90 in 90 images
    19 April 2016
    From the section In Pictures
    http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-36013958


    World media mark 'untiring' Queen's 90th birthday
    1 hour ago
    From the section World
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-36102087
    Last edited by KC; 21-04-2016, 06:59 AM.

  • #2
    You truncated the quote:

    This week's proceedings are part of extended celebrations — culminating with official events in June — that are intended to pay tribute to her 64-year reign, all the while showing that she remains firmly in command of the House of Windsor.

    "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong"

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    • #3
      ^Thank god she is still in command, and not her twit of a son.

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      • #4
        ^ She says that every morning when she wakes up.
        Advocating a better Edmonton through effective, efficient and economical transit.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by moahunter View Post
          ^Thank god she is still in command, and not her twit of a son.
          In command of what? She's basically the main character in a theme park/reality show paid for by the British taxpayer.

          "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong"

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          • #6
            reality show paid for by the British taxpayer.
            Might want to check that.

            Back in Thatcher's time I recall the Royal Family, at their decision, cut the ties to financial support from the British Government for personal expenses including the yachts etc.

            The Government did still support tours and public events, but not personal.

            Could be wrong...but memory says.

            IMO

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            • #7
              Well they don't pay when they visit their Dominions such as our Blessed One.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Safir View Post
                Well they don't pay when they visit their Dominions such as our Blessed One.
                Correct and already noted above
                The Government did still support tours and public events
                In addition the hosting nation picks up part of the expense of the visit.

                Point to the comment I was responding to...

                At a family level IIRC they cut themselves off personal funding voluntarily and without being asked during time of recession.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Paul Turnbull View Post
                  Originally posted by moahunter View Post
                  ^Thank god she is still in command, and not her twit of a son.
                  In command of what?
                  Per the article, "the Windsor family". How much command she really has over them all, is perhaps debatable though, she does command their purse strings a bit I think.

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                  • #10
                    The assets and income of the Royal Family are suitably byzantine but the short version is they are receive significant funds from the Treasury which manages the Crown Estate, ~£8b in land holdings owned by the Crown (that is to say, the State). The family and it's holdings are, for the most part, tax exempt although currently they voluntarily pay undisclosed amounts.

                    In short, they accrue income from real estate managed by the government and, practically speaking, owned by the State.

                    "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong"

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Paul Turnbull View Post
                      The assets and income of the Royal Family are suitably byzantine but the short version is they are receive significant funds from the Treasury which manages the Crown Estate, ~£8b in land holdings owned by the Crown (that is to say, the State). The family and it's holdings are, for the most part, tax exempt although currently they voluntarily pay undisclosed amounts.

                      In short, they accrue income from real estate managed by the government and, practically speaking, owned by the State.
                      Not trying to defend the monarchy but their value to the British economy is immeasurable. Bigger than Disney. You could argue it is a worthwhile investment.
                      Last edited by Glenco; 21-04-2016, 10:55 AM.
                      “Canada is the only country in the world that knows how to live without an identity,”-Marshall McLuhan

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                      • #12
                        As I said, they're basically a theme park.

                        "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong"

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Paul Turnbull View Post
                          Originally posted by moahunter View Post
                          ^Thank god she is still in command, and not her twit of a son.
                          In command of what?
                          Her faculties

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                          • #14
                            a new attraction...


                            Alberta gifts the Queen a walking trail for her 90th

                            ...

                            Fisher said the United Kingdom organization The Outdoor Trust has a goal of creating walkways across all the Commonwealth countries.

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                            http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2...-her-90th.html
                            Last edited by KC; 21-04-2016, 03:57 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Safir View Post
                              Well they don't pay when they visit their Dominions such as our Blessed One.
                              This 2009 article states that it cost each Canadian $1.53 per year for the stability of the Crown. If we factor in inflation at todays rate it's still a bargain. We continue to house the likes of Paul Bernardo, Luka Magnotta and other low life at her Majesties pleasure. They should be thankful for that as it were not for her pleasure they would be lynched on the streets.
                              Gone............................and very quickly forgotten may I add.

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