On Jan 18, 12:01 am, "Francois R. Velde"
Post by Turenne Post by Turenne
The idea that the Duke of Cambridge and The Princess Royal is daft.
Where did the quote come from?
I am a great admirer of M. Velde; but I think that in this instance he
And he agrees with you. As David diagnosed correctly, I replaced "Prince William"
with "Duke of Cambridge" without proper thought for context, as he kindly put it.
I've replaced him with Prince Harry.
Since the constitutional reforms, the concept of "peer" may seem murky, but the
traditional definition (e.g. Blackstone) of who is noble and who is a commoner
still works. The reforms certainly provide no basis for reducing the set of
commoners, and they in no way concerned or involved sons of peers or untitled
grandchildren of the monarch.
Alas, that is not going to get off the hook either.
Blackstone, who was concerned mainly in the definition of commoner in
the context of noble, dit not consider the meaning of commoner in any
other sphere, e.g. the municipal or academic. He certainly never
discussed the status of the grandchildren of a monarch.
Even so, where he did discuss the "commonality", he divided the state
into estates consisting of the clergy, the civil, the military and
maritime. Then dividing the civil estate into nobles and commoners.
His definition of a commoner is one who was not a clergyman, not a
member of the military, not a member of the naval forces, not a
nobleman, or not a wife or widow of a nobleman (provided she had not
remarried a commoner).
Since practically all adult members of the Royal Familiy hold one or
multiple military appointments, they cannot possibly be commoners even
under Blackstone's definition.
Of course, it is interesting to see that those defined by Blackstone
as not being commoners include, when it comes to the military, "the
whole of the soldiery". Thereby incorporating amongst their number,
not only the regular military forces but also the militia and the
retired, from the highest ranking Field Marshal to the lowliest newly
recruited private soldier.