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Blog entry by BigTiny posted 1209 days ago 4442 reads 0 times favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I watched the royal wedding this morning (still watching actually, she is on her way to the abbey as I type) and I lost some respect for Prince William.

He and his brother wore uniforms, yet walked right past the tomb of the unknown soldier without so much as a pause.

For those not aware of it, the unknown soldier’s tomb is in the floor of the abbey, right in the center of the main aisle. It is the one place even the queen walks around out of respect. Military personell are required to halt and bow their heads in respect before continuing on into the abbey.

What would have it cost him to pay tribute to the unknown soldier and those millions of service people around the commonwealth the the unknown soldier represents? Nothing. What would it have gained him? The respect and admiration of all those who have worn the queen’s uniform.

It’s his wedding day, I understand that, but the abbey is not just s church. It is also the resting place of 17 previous monarchs of the realm as well as many outstanding brits and one special tomb dead center in it, that of the unknown soldier. He should have shared this joy with a man who gave his life that William and hisfamily might maintain their places in the royalty of the country.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!



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mafe

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#1 posted 1209 days ago

When I was married I was so nervous that I would have walked into a hole if it was there, I’m sure he forgot, he is a soldier.
I did not watch it sorry.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 1209 days ago

I can understand your feelings on this, being we have a President that has no respect for our military. I would hope that being that Prince William is serving or has served ( not sure if he finished ) it was an oversight on his big day. The fact that we read he and his bride don’t want the butlers or chefs while honeymooning says something about they’re character.

Gos bless to alll men and women who have service to ensure peace throughout the world. Why did the get married on Friday Big Tiny?

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Bertha

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#3 posted 1209 days ago

I missed that and understand your irritation. Thanks for alerting me to that error. I agree with Mads that it was probably a nerve-induced miss. He seems like a stand-up guy from what I can tell, although I have admittedly little interest (no offense to UKs). I’m sorry that you had to watch that.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Panga Design

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#4 posted 1209 days ago

I’m a UK guy who has spent the past 12 weeks being bombarded by the media on this “thing”. The Royal Family in this country has no place in modern society. They care not a jot about its people nor understand the plight of the average family trying to squeeze by on what they can.

I have managed to avoid all of it today by immersing myself in blogs and projects on LJs. I am a working man who had had to cut back on almost everything recently to ensure my kids eat. Hell I’m even having to sell my car to help out this month. The wedding today just shows the rest of the world just how wrong our society has become and the balance of the rich over the poor tips just that bit further. We must be the laughing stock of the world.

-- Al Carscadden, Panga Design, http://www.pangadesign.com info@pangadesign.com

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Jack_T

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#5 posted 1209 days ago

They don’t want the butlers or chefs around? That can only mean two things:

1. Lots of naked frolicking around the palace; and

2. Lots of take out being ordered in.

I wonder if Prince Willy will put his willy away when he answers the door.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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EEngineer

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#6 posted 1209 days ago

I can understand your feelings on this, being we have a President that has no respect for our military.

What? As opposed to whom? Bush? Who abandoned their effort half-finished in Afghanistan, sending troops off to fight and die for a lie searching for WMDs that were never there in Iraq?

Obama supplied more troops in Afghanistan when they needed it in spite of the sorry economic mess he was left with when he took office.

Get a grip on reality, Ken.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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saddletramp

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#7 posted 1209 days ago

Please, please, please, no politics!!!

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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ellen35

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#8 posted 1209 days ago

Some people just need to complain. Get a grip…this is a wedding!
No matter what the royal family does, there is sure to be criticism from somewhere…oh, and just what does this have to do with woodworking??
Can we please let them have their day!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Jack_T

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#9 posted 1209 days ago

I didn’t like the dress; it wasn’t made of wood. Just to keep the post in WOODWORKING. At.least they could have thrown in a fig leaf or two. Hoe does fig wood work by the way?

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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Bertha

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#10 posted 1209 days ago

This is woodworking. We’re talking about joining two Royal pieces.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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David

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#11 posted 1209 days ago

I didn’t watch any of it, felt my time would be better spent asleep. A dress made out of wood… now that’s interesting, better make sure it’s well sanded, wouldn’t want any splinters.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey http://davidwahl.org/category/woodworking/

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BigTiny

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#12 posted 1209 days ago

A couple of random comments to answer a few of you.

William is a flight lieutenant in the Royal Air Force.

Kate is apparently an excellent cook.

Every movement of the affair was scripted and timed to the minute, with rehearsals galore. Thus, William was just going through the well rehearsed paces and is thus not directly responsible, but he could have ad libbed it out of respect.

The lack of servants was to save a bit due to the economy, showing the royals actually do understand the plight of the average Joe, even if they personally are insulated from much of it.

The royal family and the bride’s family paid for everything but the police security. The military are being paid wherever they are, so nothing extra having them there other than the gas to bring them from their barracks.

William is, as someone here said, a stand up guy. This is why I was surprised at him missing this point.

The wedding is a “bank holiday” in Britain, so holding it on a Friday gives folks a long weekend.

To get this back on topic, what do you guys and gals thing of the carving on the queen’s coach?

Lastly, I’m glad they’re hitched. I just hope they don’t get hit with the curse that hit so many of the family the last few years and we don’t see another royal divorce.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Bertha

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#13 posted 1209 days ago

I was most impressed with the coach carving. Apparently, there’s one curator/craftsman responsible for the resotration/maintenance. Pretty cool job, if you ask me.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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hairy

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#14 posted 1209 days ago

I’m sure that some protocol lackey’s head will roll.

My wife took off work to watch it. That’s all I’m saying about that.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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Jamie Speirs

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#15 posted 1209 days ago

There was a wedding?

I have not read a newspaper or watched the tv for years

Yet I’m very happy

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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