It’s hardly the kind of vaunted resting place various other British royals have enjoyed, but the earth beneath a municipal parking lot in Leicester, England, is where the remains of King Richard III were recently discovered.
Down the road only a few generations, the millennium of Magna Carta, one of the great events in the establishment of civil and human rights, will arrive. Whether it will be celebrated, mourned, or ignored is not at all clear.
Many would consider being knighted or otherwise honored by England’s royals a dream come true. But more than 200 rebellious Brits have declined or returned the honor, refusing to hand their names and legacies over to rulers seeking to bolster their own dubious reputations. John Lennon and authors Roald Dahl and C.S. Lewis are on that list.
With "The King's Speech" sitting comfortably atop this year's heap of Oscar-nominated films, it's not surprising that there might be some grumbles from critical corners about the movie's actual merits But in this case, a couple prominent voices .
Nepal's long-standing monarchy is about to become obsolete, after more than two-thirds of the country's provisional parliament voted to amend the constitution and give the government the power to abolish the monarchy and establish a "federal democratic republican state" instead.
Prince Harry's imminent deployment to Iraq stands in stark contrast to the behavior of America's draft-dodging chicken hawks, who bloviate about honoring the troops while abusing them at home and abroad.