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Prince Charles and the lone heckler


Despite the media storm whipping around Prince Charles’ visit to the RIBA last night, the audience at Portland Place was remarkably well behaved

In fact there was only one heckler and she wasn’t even an architect. According to Astragal’s sources the editor of Blueprint magazine Vicky Richardson took the opportunity at the end of the Prince’s speech to voice her anti-royal feelings by shouting ‘Abolish the monarchy’. She was later spoken to by security. Naughty girl. But not a daft one. It’s got her ‘organ’ some media coverage….


Readers' comments (5)

  • Well, you didn't need to mention her, you snide little winers. Whose to say she did it in her professional capacity? Sounds like she did it because she thinks the monarchy should be abolished and not because she wants to be mentioned in the Architect's Journal's tedious little diary.

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  • It would be nice if the esteemed Architects' Journal could punctuate and do the typography for the possessive of the proper noun 'Charles' properly. It would also be nice if you did not vent your cynicism against a courageous woman whom I know for a fact did what she did for reasons of principle, and not for PR.

    Republicanism is a principled point of view that is deeply felt by millions of people in this country – people whom, it appears, Astragal prefers to ignore in his/her world-weariness. The AJ's editor should think again before lowering the tone, in this way, to the gutter. What about the AJ running debate on the very point Ms Richardson raised – ending an institution that serves only to retard the cause of architecture? Such a move would make a refreshing change from the inward-looking discussions that seem to obsess architects nowadays.

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  • I can only echo the sentiments of the second contributor, that even though we are regularly told that we have left the era of deference behind long ago, when someone challenges the epitome of reaction in this country with a brave slogan (a "slogan" with revolutionary historical precedent, by the way), suddenly such audacity is beyond the pale.
    Do we live in such a sham, politically vacuous age where Republicanism is meant to be the subject of edgy dinner party chat, but frowned upon if discourteously offered into the public arena.
    PS: Not that I ever do this - as I don't buy into stereotypical political correctness and certainly don't think that other peoples' battles ought to be fought for them - but I was struck by the casual sexism of the phrase "silly girl". This woman is the editor of a leading design magazine, not some spoiled child.

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  • Prince or pauper - it's still bad manners to yell things at people. If we all went around shouting our views on every subject at every opportunity we'd be living in hell. If Richardson is so anti-monarchy then she could become an MP and push for constitutional change. That's the grown-up way - heckling is the childish way. Grow up Vicky.

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  • I think the issue is less about architectural styles than it is about the secrecy and unaccountable influence exerted by Charles Windsor in undermining the planning process of a specific historical site as well as in forming public policy. While Vicky Richardson and other RIBA members have devoted years to developing their intellect and skills, Charles Windsor merely wrote one letter that undid years of planning and consideration. And he did it under a cloak of secrecy outside any forum of public debate. Vicky Richardson did a very brave thing in speaking out among her colleagues.

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