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Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee cartoons

God save the Queen! The eyes of the world are on England today as Queen Elizabeth begins the fourth day of celebrations marking her 60 years on the throne.

As an American, it’s weird to watch all the pomp and circumstance being devoted to members of a monarchy. Maybe that’s why not many U.S. cartoonists have drawn about The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Here are a handful of cartoons drawn about Elizabeth and her heir apparent, Prince Charles.

Taylor Jones / PoliticalCartoons.com (click to view more cartoons by Jones)
Paul Zanetti / Australia, PoliticalCartoons.com (click to view more cartoons by Zanetti)
Aislin / Montreal Gazette (click to view more cartoons by Aislin)
Aislin / Montreal Gazette (click to view more cartoons by Aislin)
Dave Granlund / PoliticalCartoons.com (click to view more cartoons by Granlund)
Mike Lane / PoliticalCartoons.com (click to view more cartoons by Lane)

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.

4 replies on “Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee cartoons”

This is England's "Year in the Limelight" with the Diamond Jubilee and the upcoming Olympics with all both entail…mucho costs. January 1, 2013, might have the good folks waking up with a major hangover,
and then the Unemployment figures hit and the protests begin for this and that economically conservative policy…then out come some signs: "Tax the Monarchy!" (A touch of the Occupy movement in Merry Old.)
The memories of 2012 will fade in the harsh light of reality. Enjoy it all while you can.

A problem exists in the logic of your argument. The Monarchy does pay taxes, willingly. Despite not being required to pay income tax by Parliamentary law (Parliament and the Prime Minister actually govern the country), the Monarch does in fact do so. Not until 1993 was the Monarchy required to pay taxes (royal.gov.uk).
As I already stated, Parliament and the Prime Minister are the actual governors of the country and as such they are responsible for creating and fostering favorable conditions for business and employment growth and even then, there is precious little that they can do themselves save hiring more government employees. The Monarch is a ceremonial figurehead, almost literally employed by the United Kingdom government. She (or he when the time comes) can do nothing to create jobs except for hiring people personally.

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