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King of Denmark 20 April 1947 - 13 January 1972
Re: Serious question: Scandinavian publics and LGBTQ royals
Edited by JSR on 15/7/2021, 18:57:17
I am British so can't really comment on Sweden but if we say a gay person has rights to live freely and marry how could we say a gay person could not be Monarch? Being legal is different to being accepted however. I would hope most people would accept a gay Monarch in the UK. I would think Swedes would have the same attitude. Of course some would be unhappy about it. As the 2 next in line (Charles and William) are hetero sexual we are talking about an issue that may not arise for many years. Attitudes change so fast who knows the situation in 10, 20 or 50 years? In the UK within living memory a divorcee would not be allowed to rule and divorcees were not received officially at court. Now our next King is a divorcee . And if a divorcee who has not followed biblical teaching on marriage can be Governor of the Church of England why can't a gay man or woman? One thing about the British Royal Family is that they have always been comfortable with gay lifestyles and shown acceptance, even in the 20th Century when being gay was illegal. George VI and Queen Elizabeth had many gay friends and the Queen Mother was surrounded by gay friends and employees as a widow. Charles has also many gay friends. In 1999 the Admiral Duncan gay pub in London was bombed and Charles visited it as soon as he could and comforted survivors, at a time when some senior politicians would not be linked with anything gay. William was interviewed by a gay magazine and appeared on its cover and said he would be supportive if any of his children were gay. Harry always greets Elton John with a kiss when they meet in public. I think most people in the UK are accepting of gay people and many youngsters can't believe it was ever an issue. But there is still homophobia in the UK. The remaining monarchies in Europe are all liberal democracies whose gay citizens have rights and are generally accepted. I think at some point there will be a gay monarch with a Consort of the same sex.
Undoubtedly, there would be a small but vocal group who would be upset about an openly gay Crown Prince. But I think in today's European society, they would be quickly drowned out by the cheers supporting the young man.
In the last US presidential election, the question was posed could an open gay man with a husband possibly become president? While Pete Buttigieg did not ultimately get his party's nomination, his sexual orientation turned out to be a very minor factor. BTW, he is now part of President Biden's cabinet.
I might have to check out this show myself.
I would hope not, Gary (that it would be seen as a problem, I mean). The premise on "Young Royals", however, is that Wilhelm becomes Crown Prince on the death of his brother. I simply don't know whether it might problematical for some people to have a real queen as Queen.