Posted by: fiore | February 9, 2010

Kings and Queens

Call me romantic, or perhaps auld fashioned, but I do really like the British and Irish protocol before every Six Nations game.

Eire President Mary McAleese before the Ireland v Italy game

Maybe it is because we are not used to have kings or queens, or in this case princes and princesses, anymore (thankfully… especially if you think at our royal family!!!), but this shows how important is, and has always been, the Six Nation Tournament in the Home Nations culture.

President of Ireland Mary McAleese herself attended – as usual – to the opening game between Ireland and Italy at Croke Park last Saturday and greeted the players from both teams.

Prince William and Prince Harry, who are respectively Vice Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and Vice Patron of the RFU both attended the England v Wales clash at Twickenham, while their aunt, Princess Anne, was of course at Murrayfield for the Scotland v France game, being the Patron of the Scottish Rugby Union.

I recall that we once tried to do something like that at a Italy v Ireland game few years ago. If I’m not wrong the then-Minister for Cultural Assets and Activities Giovanna Melandri attended to the game but she looked a bit out of place: you can’t be the patron of something you know nothing about…

The Six Nations is all about tradition and we hardly know the meaning of this word, that’s why we are and always will be parvenu.

Princess Anne greets Scotland team before the 6 Nations game with France


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