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June 20, 2012 4:51 am
From Mr E. B. Logan.
Sir, Tom Brown (Letters, June 18) makes an error common nowadays, of characterising the British royal family as German. Is this the result of the decline of basic education in the UK?
As any schoolchild used to know, the gap in succession caused by the premature deaths of all Queen Anne Stuart’s children was plugged in 1714 by importing her closest Protestant relative, the aged George of Hanover, subsequently George I, who was the grandson of Princess Elizabeth Stuart, herself granddaughter of Mary Queen of Scots, who was in turn not only a granddaughter of King Henry VII of England but also a direct descendant, through seven generations, of King Robert II of Scotland, founder of the Stewart, later Stuart, dynasty, which, in effect still reigns over us. A healthy reinfusion of 100 per cent proof Scots blood via the late Queen Mother surely puts the Britishness of the royal family beyond doubt.
Of course a dash of Germanic steel or Greek passion never did anyone any harm, but let’s get things in proportion, especially this Jubilee year.
E. B. Logan, Stockholm, Sweden
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