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Titian and the Royal Wedding

 So the news reports are increasing in scope.  The Royal Wedding is hitting the daily news reports with the same intensity as the revolutions in Lybia and Syria and the war in Afghanistan.  Why? 

I fully realize that Kate may be Queen of England one day, but that is a figurehead position anyway.  It doesn't carry any true political clout, the power of the monarchy was eliminated by statute long ago.  She is cute, personable, and will no doubt be a refreshing change in the palace, but she's down the line a ways, isn't she?  Wouldn't long-suffering and generally unpopular Prince Charles move into the throne if Elizabeth dies?  Charles and Camilla would then become the King and Royal Consort?  I could be totally mistaken...I'm not a native British person and the royals have always seemed a little bit silly to me.  Fun, but silly.  But I'll be watching, like many others over here in the US, because it is a wedding and weddings are always fun to watch.  And I wish them all the luck in their lives and happiness with each other and any children that they may have. 

Titian - Venus Rising from the Sea

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has had an exhibit on Titian and other Renaissance Masters.  It ends on Sunday, and we had wanted to see it, so I quickly purchased tickets for Sunday this morning and we'll go and see it.  Then we get to find time to go see the King Tut exhibit at the Science Museum inbetween summer conferences and Renaissance Festival.  I'll just make sure we get to that too, since we both want to see it.  So at least I have something fun to look forward to on Sunday, I always enjoy going to the Institute.  
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Prince Charles will, indeed, become king on his mother's death. I really don't think she is likely to abdicate - there is no tradition of it in the British monarchy apart from her uncle - and she would never see him as a role model in anything, I think.

Although, as she was so young when Charles was born, he will probably not live to be in the role for all that long, after he's spent his whole life working towards it!

I really can't see any good reason why he would be expected to not become king unless his mother outlives him - and so William should have at least some time to lead a life before he ends up being king.

I shall watch the run up to the wedding to people spot - you know 'Ooh - look, there's Stephen Fry... Gosh I'm not impressed with Kate's sister's hat...' and so on! Then garden, weather permitting rather than sit glued to the TV for the rest of the day.
I actually like Charles in many ways. He is not a great communicator, but he has gotten better over the years, and he is very environmentally conscious and I appreciate that. I don't think he would make a bad king at all, just not one of those who will go down in history as a great monarch.

It would be lovely if William and Kate could actually concentrate on their own relationship without having to take up the throne too quickly. In either case, though, I would not like living my own life under the magnifying glass that Kate will be agreeing to do. She's a very brave lady, and must be very much in love to agree to this.

- Erulisse (one L)