The Queen’s decision to give Prince William the Northern Ireland title of Baron of Carrickfergus as a wedding gift suggests that the British monarchy may be seeking to exploit Ireland’s current weakness under an EU and IMF junta to expand its political and territorial influence on Ireland.
Carrickfergus is the town in which the King of England and the Netherlands, William of Orange landed in 1690 with an army of mercenaries drawn from many different countries, including Germany, Holland, Italy, Norway and Poland. The victory of William at the Battle of Boyne ushered in brutal persecution of the Irish Catholics.
Picking this highly charged title for Prince William ahead of her visit to Ireland is an unhappy signal by the Queen, given the fact that Irish Catholics have until very recently been largely excluded from political power in Northern Ireland by the very same Protestant colonials planted in the region by King William.
Northern Ireland was only left to the UK because removing by force the many Protestants who had been planted there as colonial overlords was impracticable and including them in a new independent, Irish Republic unwise.
Prince William’s popularity is sure to suffer a steep decline among the Irish if he is perceived to be just the front for a revival of the British Monarchy’s political ambitions in Ireland, though giving him a barony in Northern Ireland may find approval among the local Protestants.
During her visit in May, the Queen is to lay a wreath at Dublin’s Garden of Remembrance in honour of IRA resistance fighters in a welcome gesture. It is to be assumed that the Queen knows why these resistance fighters were so necessary in the first place and why there was an uprising against the savage British rule and land grab, which halved the Irish population.
The Queen will need a great deal of tact and diplomacy to turn her visit to Ireland into a triumph given the historically troubled relations between the two countries.
With so many titles to give, the Queen could have picked another one for William alongside the Duke of Cambridge.
Because the British Monarchy has a better track record in England than in Ireland, and because Diana was so popular, giving William a few English titles would have been popular with the locals.