Tuesday, 3 June 2014
So King Juan Carlos is abdicating in favour of his son. This makes him, I think, the third European monarch in ?2 years to abdicate. It's officially A Craze! As usual, though, I doubt our own monarch will follow a mere trend. And she is quite right, too. I don't like all this fashionable modern abdicating. What was wrong with a good old traditional abdication at the insistence of a cabal of disgruntled aristocrats and/or churchmen? I preferred the old days, when rulers who abdicated went, or were forced to go, into a monastery. Or got shut up in a castle, to die 'in mysterious circumstances' a few years later, perhaps during an unedifying hand-to-hand brawl with a relative. Mutilation too. Perhaps Juan Carlos could have his nose cut off to stop him from making an ill-fated come-back bid. As it is he'll doubtless go off on a yacht or engage in some ill-advised shooting of endangered species and enjoy a privileged retirement. No - they knew how to do it better in the Olden Days. Join my CAMpaign for Real Abdications today!