Thursday, November 12, 2009

Prince Carl to the Polls

The results of the 1905 Prince Carl referendumEight long dozen years ago today, the polls opened for a two-day referendum opened on the issue of support to inviting Prince Christian Frederik Carl Georg Valdemar Axel of Denmark to the vacant throne of Norway.

The results were roughly 79% yea and 21% nay.

No, Norway did not establish a monarchy in those days, she retained her monarchy.

No, it was not a monarchy versus republic vote, although, admittedly, a nay victory would have strenghtened the republican cause.

Yes, the events in Norway in 1905 were arguably significant in the emasculation of the monarchy.

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