Letter to The Queen
The famous Cecil Beaton photo of The Queen shortly after her Coronation when she swore the Coronation Oath to defend her people's laws and customs. The Oath represents the Constitutional Covenant between Sovereign and people. Today I posted a letter to The Queen about Her Majesty's Royal Assent to the Lisbon Treaty.
I was surprised that Your Majesty gave your Royal Assent to the Lisbon treaty bill so hurriedly.
When Your Majesty swore the Coronation Oath in 1953 before God and nation, Your Majesty pledged to defend our laws and customs. This is because Your Majesty is a constitutional monarch and part of that constitution is the Coronation Oath. Consequently Your Majesty has a constitutional duty to defend our laws.
The Lisbon treaty is a very contentious issue. Your Majesty must know from all the letters and postcards and from reading the newspapers that there is informed and passionate opposition to it across the nation. Your Majesty must also be aware that all three political parties promised a referendum on the EU constitution, which is virtually identical to the Lisbon treaty. Furthermore, I am sure that Your Majesty was told that Stuart Wheeler had challenged Your Majesty's government over not providing the promised referendum, and that High Court judgment had not yet been given.
No matter what Your Majesty may have been told, the Lisbon treaty will take away the last vestiges of Britain's sovereignty. Many of us had thought that under these circumstances Your Majesty would have taken the Coronation Oath seriously and would have refused assent to the treaty, or at least have delayed giving assent. That is Your Majesty's constitutional right and duty and would have defended the people’s constitutional liberties. That you have not done so sabotages not only our freedoms but Your Majesty's right to serve us.
Hitherto I have been a loyal subject and a great admirer of Your Majesty's grace and fortitude. Your Majesty's action has placed me in an untenable position. I cannot be either loyal to or a subject of a constitutional monarch who has contributed to the destruction of the constitution which she swore to defend, and which is the Sovereign's source of legitimacy and purpose.
I am sincerely yours,
HRH The Prince of Wales
HRH Prince William