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The Next King of England?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Polls show most Britons would prefer that Prince Charles abdicate in favor of his about-to-be-married son, Prince William. John Burns, London bureau chief of the New York Times, explains what's at stake.

Guests:

John Burns

Comments [13]

Wish U were Happy

What a shame so many people are such unhappy souls. To be as bitter as you are over the happiness of others is terribly sad.

Congratulations to Prince William and what I assume will be "Princess" Catherine.

All else can celebrate or drink to your bad mood and manners.

Apr. 29 2011 02:03 PM
Wish U were Happy

What a shame so many people are such unhappy souls. To be as bitter as you are over the happiness of others is terribly sad.

Congratulations to Prince Charles and what I assume will be "Princess" Catherine.

All else can celebrate or drink to your bad mood and manners.

Apr. 29 2011 01:58 PM
Gintaras Kavarskas from Vilnius, LITHUANIA

Your Royal Highness The United Kingdom Crown Prince William and Your Serene Highness Miss Catherine Middleton,

Your Royal Wedding Day has come and goes, but may Your great love forever grow and grow like an oak that has lots of acorns every year.

Dear distinguished and noble personalities, may all Your dreams and fantasies come true, and love blossoms together! May Your marriage be happy and blessed!

Sincerely and warmly wishing You all the joys of a long and happy life together,

Gintaras Kavarskas, English teacher, English and American writer, defender of the Lithuania Freedom around and on January 13th in 1991 in Vilnius, Master student from September 2007 to 2011 at Vilnius University

Apr. 29 2011 12:20 PM
Eugenia Renskoff from Brooklyn,NY

Hi, Brian, Doesn't Prince Charles actually have to become King Charles after his mother, Queen Elizabeth, dies in order for him to abdicate? As your guest said, Charles has been waiting all his life to become king. Princess Diana put royalty back on the map when she married Charles. Many people are interested in the royal wedding on Friday. It is escapism and there is too much negativity, killings, unfairness, etc, in the world. This is a fairy tale. What is wrong with fairy tales? Eugenia Renskoff

Apr. 26 2011 01:19 PM
Zzzzzzzzz

I will chime in with my disappointment that this nonsense is being covered. I understand that Brian is trying for a more historical and intellectual reading of the situation, but if Diana hadn't died, and in such a gruesome manner, no one would care about any of this.

Apr. 26 2011 11:58 AM

And who are these people wanting him to step aside? People don't like Charles because of his (perceived) part in what happened to Diana. William is young and unknown so they're not tired of him yet. It's just a popularity contest.

Apr. 26 2011 11:57 AM
PETE from bk

Hey Jack:
Northern Ireland may have a queen, but Ireland does not. When you refer to the 'Irish' in such a general way you sound ignorant and chauvinistic. please get your facts straight.

Apr. 26 2011 11:56 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

Why is this a segment?

The royals are just tax leeches...and yeah anachronistic is an understatement

Apr. 26 2011 11:55 AM
Ben from Park Slope

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not cover this crap on WNYC. This is listener supported radio and it is unfair to clog our channel with this stuff.

Either Brian Lehrer becomes the Queen of England or they are banihe from my beloved radio.

I'm turning the radio off now. Bye!

(Sorry, Leonard.)

Apr. 26 2011 11:52 AM
Theresa from Brooklyn

Why do we give a damn?

Apr. 26 2011 11:51 AM
jk

Great Britain needs to abolish its monarchy ASAP. Monarchies are ancient relics that need to follow dinosaurs into extinction.

Apr. 26 2011 11:42 AM
geo from Astoria

Make Jeremy Clarkson King of Britain!!

Apr. 26 2011 11:20 AM
david from ditmas park


enough with this royalty obsession. it's the stuff of tabloids and no longer has the meaning and importance that it used to...

as i see it, it's a family matter and we should just let them play things out in private.

Apr. 26 2011 11:03 AM

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