@ PinkSunfish (quite off-topic as well):
As far as I know, circumcision used to be a sign for the upper class and aristocracy in Britain. Queen Elizabeth probably didn't have much of a choice. I don't think it has anything to do with Prince Philip, however strange he might be. He's originally from Germany, right? Aristocrats and royal families here – long are they gone
– never adopted infant circumcision.
What I am wondering when I'm reading about this: In school (in connection with genetics) I learned that the British (and some other European) royal families used to have hemophilia running in the family, mainly because of long centuries of intermarrying among each other. They're lucky that this combination never led to any tragedy. Just imagine – finally, the successor to the throne is born, and tragically dies due to his medically unnecessary circumcision only days later.
: But probably the hemophilia problem was already dealt with when the circumcision mania started.
Edit: Disastrous spelling.