Saturday, 28th April, 2012.

A Royal Progress

     Apart this week from the usual job losses and other gloom here in Wales, there’s only one topic about which I wish to comment.

I’ve said it before and will say it again:  when Elizabeth Windsor stands for democratic election as Monarch again, I will vote for her.   She got in with a good majority back in 1952 from what I gather, and has been Queen ever since.

She came to Wales this week, and smiled so nicely at the hundreds of people who turned out to cheer her on her way.   Such crowds will always turn out to see what is called “a celeb”.

If Wales is to gain any sort of independence, we must explain the system of appointing monarchs more clearly to our people.   And we must remind them of the terrible things done to their ancestors by the Windsors’ ancestors.

She did, of course, open a new primary-school in Aberfan.   The name of that place still evokes sad and terrible memories,   No-one will ever understand the horror which the families of those children who died in that disaster had to face.   Those families still carry that horror in their hearts and minds.

Queen Elizabeth has visited Aberfan several times since the disaster, and it will take many decades and many generations for the people of that place and of Wales to feel less angry and sad about what happened.

Perhaps our Monarch will visit other such places – places where similar disasters wiped out many of our people.   Place-names like Gresford and Landshipping spring to mind.

And, if you do not know the details of those two places, I’m sure you can find all about their disasters online.

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About Archie Lowe

Though not born in Wales, I have lived and worked here for many years now. I love the place and love that mercurial thing "Welshness". I have been accused of being "a Taffophile" - which is pretty near the truth. The question I ask whenever some idea comes up for the whole of the UK is: "What's in it for Wales". I believe in an independent Wales and am so pleased that our Assembly is a big step on that road.
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