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Dear God, that really hurts... - dorsetgirl
July 23rd, 2013
10:23 pm
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Dear God, that really hurts...
I was just watching a video of the Royal Baby being presented to the world on the hospital steps, and looking at his dear little fingers waving vaguely when I suddenly realised:

It's extremely unlikely I will see that baby become King.

More than anything else I've ever thought or assumed about my life, for some reason that one simple thought has really, really hit home.

OK, chin up - clearly I need to go and drool over some more tennis players.

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Date:July 23rd, 2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, that struck me, too. I'm all for a monarchy, but don't really want to be forced to confront my own mortality.

They've said he'll be king into the 22nd century, which seems inconceivable when we've only just started the 21st, but he'd only have to be a little older than his great-grandmother is now - and she seems to have taken on a whole new lease on life this last year, she looks so happy and relaxed.

(Hope this doesn't fall into the black hole of lj maintenance, like my first attempt at a comment did.)
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Date:July 24th, 2013 04:23 am (UTC)
Look at it this way -- you have lived to see five generations of the royal family (albeit not in one spot.) Besides, if the Queen and the Prince of Wales are as long-lived as the Queen Mum was, you and I are not likely to see Prince William take the throne, much less his son.

The passage of time is always scary and depressing to contemplate. We're a year away from the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI.
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Date:July 26th, 2013 07:08 pm (UTC)
I didn't understand at first that you were saying it would hurt because its a reminder of your mortality; at first I thought maybe you meant that it was because this baby would have to wait for his great-grandmother, grandfather and father to die before he became king--I.e that he's gonna have to wait a hell of a long time, and not that you'd be gone by then.</p>

My reminder of mortality comes in the form of my parents, who seem ever more frail, particularly my father who has significant health issues. My mom is active and engaged, though I did just find out that she's on an antidepressant for anxiety. It gives one pause.

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