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April 8, 2020

Ever Wondered If You Come From Royalty?

Filed under: Culture,History — Steve Ruis @ 2:26 pm
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I saw an ad with the tag above as its heading. My immediate reaction was “Who cares?” Royalty is not a position of merit. You cannot earn your way to the top. More often it is hereditary. Of course, the attributes of parents are not easily inherited from them. I imagine inheriting Michael Phelps’s genes would be an asset if you want to be a competitive swimmer (big flexible feet, high boredom threshold, etc.) but what genes are involved in performance as a royal? Mastery of that rotary hand wave they all seem to be able to do? Amazing bladder control?

The only reason people would want to know if they had royals in their bloodline was to puff themselves up. Why I do not know as there is nothing more useless than a royal. For every Frederick the Great, there were hundreds of useless fops cluttering up history. If they all or mostly all, were competent, we would not have all of these stories about “the real power behind the throne,” and “Machiavellian advisers to the King,” and so on.

It seems that most “kings” parleyed up from war band leader to whole band leader through ambition and little else. The divine right of kings was invented, no? They didn’t have enough power, so they got a spiritual big brother to wield the whip when the personal powers of persuasion of the king were lacking. “I am king! What I say goes! God says so!” Truly this is a Trumpian diatribe if I have ever seen one. Worthy of the Donald himself.

What a crock of shit. Royals, are a bunch of people putting on airs for no good reason. In the UK, the monarchy is supported because of the tourist trade it brings in! That is their utility! Well, that and all of the tabloid newspapers that exist to report their high jinks.


  1. I probably do have royal ancestors somewhere, if you go back far enough most of us probably do. And I’ve got an FFV background on my mother’s side, which is as close to royalty as you can get in my area. And I agree, big whoop. I had a great-aunt who was really active in the DAR, who drew up all the documentation for my Mom to join. And my Mom didn’t join, and I’m glad she didn’t, and I wouldn’t want to join either. Why would I want to be a part of an organization that judges people by their ancestry, rather than on their interests or the content of their character?

    What I do find interesting about ancestry is that it helps us understand how we got to be who we are, and reminds us of how far we’ve come. And what challenges we still need to overcome from our upbringings.


    Comment by Ubi Dubium — April 8, 2020 @ 3:05 pm | Reply

    • Apparently a sizable fraction of humanity has Genghis Khan in their family tree. makes me want to rape and plunder. (Actually the Mongels have gotten a bad wrap from history, or rather people who do not know the history. They were better rulers of China than the Chinese, for example.)

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 9, 2020 @ 11:44 am | Reply

  2. I was once a staunch republican, but I have since warmed more and more to the benefits of having the queen as the head of state. It keeps politics real. There is a grandmother sitting in another room who can, if she wanted, come in and whack heads… but she doesn’t. Although she could. Granted, we’ve been spoiled with QEII, she’s a living gem, a rock, but Charles is also quite a remarkable man.


    Comment by john zande — April 8, 2020 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

    • I have no quibble with the current occupants per se, just their positions and what they represent. Can you imagine the Russians bringing back a figurehead Tsar? Or the US a figurehead King?

      The fact that the current Queen of yada, yada, UK could rap the knuckles of the people actually responsible for action, but does not doesn’t mean she does have real influence, but should she. We tend to think yes, because she is a good person, but imagine if Edward had kept the throne during WW2.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 9, 2020 @ 11:48 am | Reply

      • And that’s the kicker.

        QEII = Good.
        Charles = Potentially very good.
        William = Seems OK
        George = Tyrant.


        Comment by john zande — April 9, 2020 @ 12:29 pm | Reply

        • Name another office which is hereditary. Gosh, could this be a way for a family to hand onto power they were addicted to? Gee, I wonder.

          The Vikings would have thought anyone putting forward that idea to be nuts. The war band leader had to be, just had to be the best leader and that had always been by test, then the band elected their new leader, who had very little power other than leading the war band. That was a reasonable and practical political office.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — April 9, 2020 @ 12:47 pm | Reply

          • I’m aware of the silliness. I’m just saying it has actually worked really well for Australia (Canada, NZ included) in the sense of sane, political stability.

            *Excluding the Whitlam affair, which was actually the GG acting badly because of the CIA.


            Comment by john zande — April 9, 2020 @ 12:51 pm | Reply

            • But was it worked “in spite of” or worked “because of”?

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              Comment by Steve Ruis — April 9, 2020 @ 12:53 pm | Reply

              • Because of.

                Of course, it’s not the only reason (Australian politics has generally been graced with rather boring technocrats racing to the centre), but the framework has certainly been instrumental.


                Comment by john zande — April 9, 2020 @ 1:01 pm | Reply

                • Absentee landlords have always been good … for the tenants.

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  3. Good god, I hope not


    Comment by Kenneth T. — April 8, 2020 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

    • Me, too. It is a little like finding a mass murderer in your family tree.


      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 9, 2020 @ 11:40 am | Reply

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