I suppose it's worth considering that - given the circles she/they move in - it's very unlikely that any actual crime would or even could be
witnessed by 'the public'.
(unless it was a televised public occasion - maybe something like the Queen caught by the TV spotlights and cameras at a Royal gala with
blood-dripping knife in hand and Prince Phillip slumped in his chair with several obvious and visible stab wounds as she screamed "die you unfaithful
b@*%@rd!" - oh, what a giveaway
Anyhoo, unlikely scenarios aside, it's not likely that (m)any would get anything but 2nd or 3rd or 4th hand media accounts (and many would be by that
vilely creepy oily supine creature the 'Royal correspondent').....and they'd probably be heavily self-censored.
My bet is there'd be a huge chunk of the public simply refuse to believe it (cos they'd be encouraged to take this view by every Monarchist in the
Establishment going.....and when it comes down to it there area ton of them in our media).
If it was something really serious like an abusive crime to a person there'd likely be a 'caring' tack taken and the Monarch would be given
sympathy for an uncharacteristic and unusual behavior and shut away for 'rest and treatment'.
If it were a property or financial crime I have no doubt it'd be sorted with a wave of the cheque-book and a few dozen public heart-felt 'sorrys'
for the oversight.
Obviously if the Queen were to turn the armed forces on the people and ended up losing then something like a rerun of Charlie 1 might be on (depending
on the damage and death caused) but other than that kind of thing I can't see much beyond a quiet retirement and replacement by the next one in
They might not be the sort of thing people enthuse about but there does seem to be a sullen acceptance of them for now (but when QE2 goes all bets are
It's also worth bearing in mind (for those that might think my comments about the subservience of the British media a tad harsh) that there are even
today books about the British Monarchy that are actually banned in the UK.
(so things like Prince Phillip's old 'solo' Greek holiday days are pretty much an unknown to many of the general public in the UK)
Not a word is said about this in the 'mainstream media', so much so that few know that this is true.
[edit on 8-10-2006 by sminkeypinkey]