British Monarchist League

BML On The BBC

30/04/2011

 
Scott Pepe is a staunch royalist, and at 18 years of age is youth co-ordinator for the British Monarchist League.

He told BBC Radio 5 live: "
I think people should be so proud of our country."

"
I'm so excited, as is everyone here," Pepe explained to Nicky Campbell on 5 live Breakfast. "You just don't get that in a Republic."

You can hear other BBC Radio 5 live highlights by visiting the Best Bits section on the website.


You can listen to the interview here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13238518
 
 
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
On behalf of the British Monarchist League: Congratulations to Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. May the coming years be filled with love, joy and the fruits of your union.
 
 
Prince William has been made Duke of Cambridge, and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge, Buckingham Palace has said.

The prince has also taken the titles Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus, linking him to Scotland and Northern Ireland.

He has been given the titles by the Queen to mark his marriage. Catherine also becomes her royal highness.

Giving new titles to a member of the Royal Family on their wedding day is a long-standing tradition.

Royal traditionWhen Prince Andrew married, he became the Duke of York, Earl of Inverness and Baron Killyleagh.

Prince Edward became the Earl of Wessex and Viscount Severn on his wedding day in 1999.

While the Prince of Wales did not take any additional titles when he married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, he was already Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland and Earl of Chester.

It's a very good choice of title, Cambridge was generally spoken of as a high possibility” - Charles KiddDebrett's
The Dukedom of Cambridge was created in 1801 but became extinct on the death of the 2nd Duke of Cambridge in 1904.

Genealogist Charles Kidd, editor of Debrett's Peerage And Baronetage, said it was a good choice for the prince.

"Cambridge was generally spoken of as a high possibility. It has a long royal tradition, and is immediately recognisable as an English title, it's one of those places everyone has heard of."

Professor David Carpenter, of King's College, London, said there may have been consideration of using the title of Duke of Clarence but it had some unfortunate associations.

"Queen Victoria's grandson Albert Victor, who was second in line to the throne, was made Duke of Clarence when he reached full age, but he was a womanising philanderer who died in the 1890s."

'Doomed to failure'The last holder of the title, Prince George, known as the 2nd Duke of Cambridge, was born in 1819 and was a grandson of George III and the only son of Prince Adolphus Frederick, the 1st Duke of Cambridge.

He served in the Crimean War and was promoted to commander-in-chief in 1887.

Indeed, once married, the newlyweds' carriage procession will pass a statue of the last duke sat on a horse close to the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall.

The 2nd Duke of Cambridge refused to have an arranged marriage and declared such unions were "doomed to failure".

He had an unrecognised marriage to actress Sarah Louisa Fairbrother in 1847, who at the time was already the mother of two of his children and pregnant with his third.

But the Duke did not seek the sovereign's approval, the marriage was never recognised and Miss Fairbrother was never given the title the Duchess of Cambridge.

Instead she became known by the nickname Mrs FitzGeorge.

Strathearn has not been used as a title since the death of Alastair Windsor, the 2nd Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, who died in 1943.

By becoming Baron and Baroness Carrickfergus, the royal couple will be linked to County Antrim's oldest town.

An Irish Viscountcy of Chichester of Carrickfergus now held by the Marquess of Donegall was created in 1625 but Carrickfergus alone only existed as a title between 1841 and 1883.

 
 
The Telegraph have put together a piece about a group of people who will be camping out along the route on the night before the big day. The British Monarchist League's Scott Pepé will be taking part in the national celebrations. 

You can read the full story here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/royal-wedding/8473425/Royal-wedding-Fans-look-forward-to-wonderful-day.html
 
 
British Monarchist League logo

Dear supporters,

One year ago today, I started the British Monarchist League in the hope that supporters of the monarchy could come together to provide an effective movement which would defend and promote the benefits of constitutional monarchy. The BML has been very fortunate over the past year to have made such great progress. The BML has featured in many media outlets and we also have had the chance to counter the republican movement on several occaisions. I feel that the monarchy is something we must strive to protect, it is an integral part of our history culture and heritage, along with that constitutional monarchy is a tried and tested means of governance which cannot be equalled by any other political system, It works so well that 15 Commonwealth nations have chosen to retain Queen Elizabeth II as Head of state and there are many other successful constitutional monarchies throughout Western Europe. Whilst recent polls tend to show a strong support for the monarchy we must never take for granted what we have, certain groups that operate within the United Kingdom wish to destroy what many of us Britons have fought so hard to preserve. I hope the BML will continue to grow in support of the monarchy, as a strong voice defending our oldest and most important institution.

It would be virtually impossible for me not to mention the upcoming Royal Wedding on Friday, which we and many millions around the world will have the pleasure of witnessing. The Royal Wedding should be a stark reminder to us all why the monarchy is such an important aspect of our national identity, by keeping our traditions alive we are preserving our freedoms for future generations. 40% of BML's supporters are aged between 18 to 25, This is extremely encouraging and with the launch of our new comprehensive website and membership scheme we will be able to gain even more support from patriotic loyal Britons and supporters of our constitutional monarchy based all around the world. 

On behalf of the British Monarchist League, I would like to thank you all for standing by us as we continue to grow in-to a fully developed organisation. The British Monarchy has a bright future ahead and our aim is to do everything we possibly can to keep it that way.

Yours Sincerely,

James Edgecombe 
Chairman & Founder

British Monarchist League