The Great Monarchy
"Probably the most stable trend we have ever measured". This is how the statistics with regard to many British people who favour keeping British Monarchy was described in a research. One of the more interesting literatures ever written perhaps is that of the British Monarchy. There is something so endearing about them that people try to anticipate their every action whether commendable or cringe worthy. Many may have had the chance to read books such as The Other Boleyn Girl or watched series such as The Six Wives of Henry the VIII. The Other Boleyn Girl both the book and the film weren't as accurate as the real thing but it gives one a wider perspective of what life was back in the early times and why people are so fascinated about the lives that royalties live.
Since the queen assumed the throne six decades ago it might seem astounding that despite a huge societal change, a system of inherited power has retained its popularity. There is a tacit search for the answer to the question, "Why do we retain such affection for a system which seems in opposition with the principles of a contemporary liberal democracy?" Some claim that the composition of the monarchy is ridiculous and that the greatest proof that it is such is the fact that not all born sons of the royal family have the makings of a good king thereby being subjected to ridicule by the masses.
In 1952 plans were being completed for the Coronation of the new Elizabeth II. And despite the need for cost saving measures due to post-war social conditions, the event was deemed to be grand and fabulous with all the extravagance that they could muster to make appear. Michael Young and Ed Shils both noted sociologists during their time, joined the multitudes in the East End. In their thesis entitled, The Meaning of Coronation, they pondered that some people thought of the occasion as a total waste of time and money. However, the Coronation based on their observation was also indicative of the people's idea of being one with the country in honouring such a proud moment.
Why the Brits Love the Monarchs
Despite the long standing argument as to the validity and the justification of the Monarchy and its continued existence, there is no denying the fact that such practice of power cannot simply be abolished. For one, the Monarchy is part of a long historical tradition. From William the Conqueror down to Queen Victoria, the royal family are the progenies of a long and well- recognised line of colourful, enthralling historical figures. Perhaps not a single person today has failed to read the fairy tale like stories of these people.
Another reason the Monarchy influences the British life is the fact that Buckingham Palace, the Changing of the Guard, Windsor Castle, not to mention other dignified homes, historical structures and royal civilisations all contribute to Great Britain's tourism generating huge sums of revenue to the British economy.
And because they are so popular, the media would be mourning without the royals. Through the years the paps have nearly scrambled over each other to get the first shot every time Kate would come out or even when they finally introduced their new born child Prince George. The public just love to read and hear about them, regardless whether what they would here is good, bad or ugly.
The royals are a family like any other; they too have their highs and lows. When they go through divorce it is as though it should be everyone's business including their pet dog. The nation weeps at their tragedies in the same vein that they celebrate in their triumph. Such holds true until today in the case of the heart-breaking passing of Princess Diana.
The Queen's jubilee provides the people an extra work free holiday. Who on Earth wouldn't want that? The Royal traditions have found their way into the people's daily grind of life in such a way that whatever occasion matters to them matters to all evenly. An extra (paid) work free day definitely wouldn't hurt. They too have charities that people always hear about. Their philanthropic works provide the people a source of inspiration that to extend help to someone is by and large a responsibility of everyone.
Unfortunately the elders never had the chance to experience the changing behaviour of the royals. While the Queen may continue to epitomise deep-rooted tradition, the newer generations are taking a different path. Led mainly by William and Harry, they represent a Monarchy that is much more down-to-earth, diligent, forthright and most of all easily reached by the commoners. Every one of them including Kate represents something that is typical of a young professional struggling to be given a shot by the world.
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