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OK, it’s official: The Land of Hope and Glory has lost the plot. “When Prince William and Kate Middleton leave Westminster Abbey on Friday, there will be no 21-gun salute to mark their union,” reports. “Plans for such an honour in Hyde Park were abandoned because of fears over ‘health and safety’ and ‘noise pollution’.” But wait! “The MoD [Ministry of Defense] refuses to discuss the bureaucratic obstacles involved in staging gun salutes in London. ‘The reason there is no gun salute is because it is not traditional to have one at a royal wedding,’ its spokesman insists.” What? As the Torygraph points out, “Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s wedding in 1840 began with such a tribute.” Note to the MoD: pull the other one. It has bells on it.

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  1. The land formerly known as England has long since ceased to exist. This is just the latest (and one of the most pathetic) sign of its demise.

    Stiff upper lip? Keep calm and carry on? Caualties of 65 years of ever-increasing socialization and nanny state control.

  2. Lame.

    And the mohammedans want to protest at the wedding.

    Great Britain has ceased to exist. Welcome to Umma Kingdhim.

  3. If it’s safety they’re worried about, why don’t they just turn the guns in the other direction? Problem solved. No need to thank me. Rule Britannia.

  4. I’m not a big fan of the Royal Family, but I do like the pomp and ceremony that surrounds them. So I was disappointed to learn that the British Army’s 21-gun salute, which has been used at British royal weddings since 1840, has been abandoned because it is too noisy. I have tried to find more about the possible reasons to fulfill my curiosity. A source at the Ministry of Defence said that the decision was taken after an inquiry into a complaint by a member of the public about noise from a similar event in 2007.


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