I've just seen the rather strange declaration signed by Rosemary Butler on behalf of the National Assembly:
One part of it reads:
Your Majesty's wisdom and devotion have provided the bedrock on which sustainable democratic institutions have been established and developed ...
Does anyone seriously believe that the establishment of democratic institutions has had anything to do with Elizabeth Windsor's wisdom or devotion? Our National Assembly is the result of the vision and hard work of many people over many years. It was established because we as a nation wanted it and voted for it; and it has developed because we as a nation wanted it to be better and voted for it to be better.
Yes, we have come a long way over the past sixty years; but we cheapen our own achievements as a nation if we give the credit for what we ourselves have done to someone who has done nothing to deserve it.