Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds

A Royal Gift

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Well Said 1   Supported 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It


Become a Fan
  (4 fans)
    Even though the World Vegetarian and Vegan News announcement on April 1 that the upcoming royal wedding would be entirely free of animal products was an April Fools' joke, it was not out of the realm of possibility. Indeed, Windsor Castle, the longest-occupied castle in Europe, went vegetarian for November 3, 2009, the only time in its nearly 1,000-year history. Hosted by the Duke of Edinburgh, the royal event was a beautiful interfaith gathering with scrumptious gourmet food. This may be a harbinger of things to come.

    Prince William, the presumptive future king of Great Britain, and Kate Middleton are set to be married on Friday, April 29, 2011. They reportedly chose this date specifically because it coincides with the Feast of St. Catherine. St. Catherine of Siena along with St. Francis of Assisi are the two patron saints of Italy. Both saints were known for being committed animal lovers and therefore vegetarians (like their fellow vegetarian Leonardo da Vinci). If Catherine, Francis, or Leonardo were having a feast, you could be sure it would be meat-free.

    Perhaps not incidentally, Prince William's mother, the late Princess Diana, was also an animal lover and vegetarian. Vegetarianism is somewhat more common in Great Britain than it is in America. On Prince William and Kate Middleton's special wedding day, if you'd like to give a gift to the couple who has everything, give the gift of life. Becoming vegetarian (no meat, chicken, fish, etc.) or vegan (no animals or animal products -- 100% plant based) would be the best gift of all. Not only would your compassionate and loving path honor the royal couple as well as St. Catherine and Princess Diana, but your vegetarianism or veganism would also be a great gift for the animals, for your health, for your spirit, and for our environment. Indeed, it is the number one action you can take on all those issues.

May we all live happy, healthy lives together!

Dan Brook is a commoner who teaches sociology and political science, while maintaining Eco-Eating at http://www.brook.com, The Vegetarian Mitzvah at http://www.brook.com/jveg, and Food for Thought--and Action at http://www.brook.com/food.



Dan Brook lives and loves in the San Francisco Bay Area. His e-books are available at www.smashwords.com/profile/view/brook .

Please visit

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): ; ; , Add Tags

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Modern Revolution in 2011

Pope Francis and the Powerless

Controlling Cholesterol & Beating Heart Disease

Election Reflection

A Royal Gift

Heeling the World, Healing Ourselves


The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
2 people are discussing this page, with 2 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

They are for the royal couple, but they can be for... by Dan Brook on Friday, Apr 29, 2011 at 10:05:09 AM
I'm sorry I'm "Johnnie come lately" er Suzi come l... by Suzana Megles on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 9:50:37 AM