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KYMonarchist

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-16401359

The body was discovered by a dog-walker and had apparently been there for four months. Needless to say, this was all over the news, with celebrity shows breathlessly speculating about the Queen possibly being called in for questioning, which is of course impossible by law, as it should be.

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Some more information from Daily Mail:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2082031/Body-Sandringham-estate-Alisa-Dmitrijeva-17.html
The police described the body as that of young white woman. Detectives are examining missing person cases.
Of course enemies of the monarchy don't sleep. They desperately try to connect the murder with the Royal Family. I really don't understand their connection. Firstly they write this:
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The body had been lying on the Norfolk estate for between one month and four months.

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The Royal Family are thought to have been shooting on a field of sugar beet next to the copse last week.

They must be really stupid, it doesn't make any sense. They are using somebody's tragedy to discredit the Royal Family, but they discredit themselves. RIP to this poor woman, whoever she was...
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http://gma.yahoo.com/queens-estate-body-mystery-police-share-details-102410905--abc-news.html

      The remains are of a 17 year old girl... Details in the article. 
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http://gma.yahoo.com/queens-estate-body-mystery-police-share-details-102410905--abc-news.html

      The remains are of a 17 year old girl... Details in the article. 

Actually, they're not completely sure of that, and are apparently waiting for results from DNA testing to come back on Monday.

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http://news.yahoo.com/uk-police-identify-body-found-queens-estate-140422574.html
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A new member started a thread elsewhere to enquire what people thought about this story, and KYM directed him here. If he looks, he will see that the reaction was that it was all very sad, that it was nothing really to do with the Queen or the royal family in general, and that it was a pity that enemies of the monarchy had used such a tragedy as yet another vent for their spite.

Said enemies saw a particular opportunity as the Sandringham estate is not owned by the Crown, but by the Queen as a private individual (it and Balmoral had to be purchased at heavy cost by George VI from the Duke of Windsor, while crown lands transferred automatically to him upon the latter's abdication). However the estate is very large and very rural, much of it is open public access, and the Queen has no control over whether some poor young girl happens to die there. Nor are the royal family genetically endowed with superpowers which enable them to detect a body lying in a thicket a hundred yards from where they happen to be shooting.

If people are of republican convictions, that is their privilege and it is their privilege also to argue for them. I wish though that their arguments would be more often fair and reasonable and also respectful of both the Queen and royal family as individuals and Her Majesty as, like it or not, the Head of State of this and many countries and deserving of respect for her office in each of them. Even those who wish to see a different Head of State, chosen in some other manner, could accord the present one the respect that they would doubtless give an elected or appointed President for his or her office. But as a rule they don't, and this does them and their cause little credit.
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If people are of republican convictions, that is their privilege and it is their privilege also to argue for them. I wish though that their arguments would be more often fair and reasonable and also respectful of both the Queen and royal family as individuals and Her Majesty as, like it or not, the Head of State of this and many countries and deserving of respect for her office in each of them. Even those who wish to see a different Head of State, chosen in some other manner, could accord the present one the respect that they would doubtless give an elected or appointed President for his or her office. But as a rule they don't, and this does them and their cause little credit.

Well said, Peter. I've wondered about what respect they would give an elected President if it wasn't the President of their choice, but I've come to realize about rabidly republican types that 'respect' is a notion they don't even seem to associate with politics, and that would explain a lot about the state of disarray and turmoil in so many of the world's republics. 

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