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Thread #134391   Message #3060066
Posted By: Marje
23-Dec-10 - 11:35 AM
Thread Name: Burns lyric query - 'And All That"
Subject: RE: Burns lyric query
I'm sure the choice of numbering is due in part to the Anglo-centric view of Britain that prevails in much of England. You will still hear people here saying that Charles or William will one day be "King of England", which irritates me.

The logical thing would be to use the highest number that applies. That's the only way of avoiding confusion arising from two people sharing one title. If there have already been, say, four King Andrews in Scotland and only two in England (or vice versa), the next King Andrew of the UK should be known as the Fifth, etc. By that system, James the first-and-sixth should have been the Sixth, Charles should one day be the Third, and William the Fifth.

But when has logic had anything to do with royalty?