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Respect royalty

Queen Elizabeth II is fulfilling her tasks in an irreproachable manner and with dignity. Her Majesty is also head of the Church of England. Both positions are to be respected, and so should the queen's private life.

The article ``Hardly a Sure Bet: Lottery in Britain Raises Eyebrows,'' Nov. 26, begins with whether the queen had a flutter in the country's first official lottery and ends with the words ``Her Majesty's gambling habit.'' This is cheap, degrading, and not up to Monitor standards. When a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said it was ``essentially a private matter,'' this should have warned the author. Ninette Floris, Buderim, Australia

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