BRITAIN: No More Whales' Tails For Her Majesty

Pity the modern monarch, whose fate it is to see ancient privileges chipped away, and no new ones substituted. Last week, Britain's House of Lords debated "The Wild Creatures and Forests Bill." which will deprive Queen Elizabeth II of a slew of prerogatives, some dating to the 13th century reign of Edward I. Most notable was her right to claim the tail of any whale washed up on the shores of England or Wales, or of any whale washed up in Scotland that proved too large to be dragged off on a "wain...

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