Dust off yr TV. Prince Philip: The Plot To Make A King, Thursday, 9pm, C4
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Wed Jul 29 10:27:45 BST 2015
Queen Elizabeth II the largest landowner on Earth.
Queen Elizabeth II, head of state of the United
Kingdom and of 31 other states and territories,
is the legal owner of about 6,600 million acres
of land, one sixth of the earths non ocean surface.
She is the only person on earth who owns whole
countries, and who owns countries that are not
her own domestic territory. This land ownership
is separate from her role as head of state and is
different from other monarchies where no such
claim is made Norway, Belgium, Denmark etc. The
value of her land holding. £17,600,000,000,000 (approx).
This makes her the richest individual on earth.
However, there is no way easily to value her real
estate. There is no current market in the land of
entire countries. At a rough estimate of $5,000
an acre, and based on the sale of Alaska to the
USA by the Tsar, and of Louisiana to the USA by
France, the Queens land holding is worth a
notional $33,000,000,000,000 (Thirty three
trillion dollars or about £17,600,000,000,000).
Her holding is based on the laws of the countries
she owns and her land title is valid in all the
countries she owns. Her main holdings are Canada,
the 2nd largest country on earth, with 2,467
million acres, Australia, the 7th largest country
on earth with 1,900 million acres, the Papua New
Guinea with114 million acres, New Zealand with 66
million acres and the UK with 60 million acres.
Philip and the palace plot: An explosive new
documentary claims the Queen's choice of husband
set off bitter power struggles in government and the royal marriage
A documentary reveals that it wasn't all rosy for the Queen and Philip
The pair argued about their marital name among other things
Prince Philip: The Plot To Make A King, Thursday, 9pm, Channel 4
By TIM OGLETHORPE FOR THE DAILY MAIL
PUBLISHED: 23:31, 24 July 2015 | UPDATED: 23:31, 24 July 2015
The Queen was close to tears. Shed fallen out
with Prince Philip and the cause of their rift had blown up again.
It was the 1950s and the pair were in dispute,
once more, over the surname of their children
which for most of their subjects would hardly be an issue.
The battle over whether the royal offspring
should be called Windsor or Mountbatten Prince
Philips adopted name lies at the heart of
Channel 4s fascinating documentary about the Duke of Edinburgh.
Prince Philip: The Plot To Make A King, narrated
by actress Tamsin Greig, is a tale of snobbery,
scheming, tantrums and even near-treason. It
suggests the Queens husband was partly
manoeuvred into his exalted position by his
ambitious uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, and
paints a vivid picture of Establishment animosity
towards Philip, because his family were part-German.
Im the only man in the country not allowed to
give his children his name, Philip is famously
said to have complained. Im just a bloody amoeba.
The documentary also boasts a genuine exclusive.
Prince Rainer von Hessen reads from the private
memoirs of his mother Sophie, Philips sister,
who was married to a Nazi SS officer, revealing
the couples friendship with Adolf Hitler.
Royal historian Christopher Wilson says, Philip
was seen as an outsider and a threat. The
Establishment thought he was too good-looking and
not one of us. They were beastly to him.
Key to the story is Louis Mountbatten his
British-based ancestors had changed their name
from the German Battenberg during World War I
who took the penniless Philip under his wing
after his mother Alice, Louiss sister, was
confined to a mental institution and his father abandoned him.
When the young future Queen and teenage Philip
struck up a friendship, Mountbatten is said to
have seen this as a potential route to power. But
the courtship wasnt plain sailing for young
midshipman Philip. The Queen Mother, whose
brother Fergus was killed at 26 during World War
I, referred to Philip as The Hun, because of his
German connections, says Philip Eade, author of the book Young Prince Philip.
Even the nuptials themselves, on 20 November,
1947, didnt put an end to the plotting, and
Christopher Wilson claims Mountbattens ambitions
were exposed a few days after Elizabeth became
Queen following the sudden death of her father
King George VI in 1952. He held a dinner party
and announced, The House of Mountbatten now
reigns, which was almost treasonable in a way.
News of his remark reached a furious Winston
Churchill then Prime Minister who regarded
Philip as brash and arrogant. Within weeks a
public announcement decreed the family name would remain Windsor.
Even so, the issue never went away. Rab Butler,
who became deputy to later Prime Minister Harold
Macmillan, is quoted as saying the Queen was
close to tears while discussing the issue. In
his diaries, Macmillan spoke of the princes
almost brutal attitude to the Queen over this
matter, while Lord Mountbattens daughter
Patricia tells the documentary, It caused hurt
between them for quite a long time.
However, in 1960 the Queen proposed that minor
royals would in future be officially called
Mountbatten-Windsor although the joint surname
was in fact first used by Princess Anne when she
signed the marriage register at her wedding to
Captain Mark Phillips in 1973. As narrator Tamsin
Greig notes, Lord Mountbatten, at last, had his own, small victory.
Prince Philip: The Plot To Make A King, Thursday, 9pm, Channel 4.
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