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Friday, March 02, 2007

Three Feathers light

Today's story that the Prince of Wales has issued a decree for Welsh companies to stop selling items bearing the three feathers insignia is just bizarre.

I do not think that anybody can argue that the three feathers belong to the Royal family but they have come to be symbolic of Wales and in particular of Welsh rugby. This royal directive appears to be a heavy-handed attempt to put some distance between the Prince and the Welsh people.

At a time when the monarchy is seeking to be more open and modern such a decree can only be seen as a step backwards. To penalise those who are selling symbols that may be viewed as promoting the royal family sends the message that the monarchy no longer want to engage with their 'subjects'. What an own goal.
A still further toast: May the Queen live a long long long long life, outlasting us all and then some.
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