I'm definitely average (!) and I would like to see an end to it. I don't mind the Queen, Charles, Camilla actually but the thought of William and Kate being monarchs one-day has definitely pushed me over to the Republican side. Just the sheer entitlement of him and her being such a poor role model for any woman in the 21st century and the way they carry on seems to be a regression to a prior age.
I think the problem is that we are all brought up (brain washed) in to thinking its normal and they are our history. They aren't really, they are the descendants of invaders, who have successfully maintained power over the natives for 1000 years. The whole class system and the aristocracy is them and us. They didn't intermix. I think it is a recognised fact that the families that came over in 1066 and took land and money still own most of that land and have an advantage, to this day. My family roots are Welsh/Irish and my relatives certainly still don't like that the English came along and took land and oppressed people but those 'English' were actually the aristocracy (for the most part) aka the Norman invaders aka the Vikings.
Britain had a rich culture and heritage before the Royals ever came along, we don't learn about that, we have lost the knowledge of our celtic and pagan roots, they don't teach us about the ancient Kingdoms and all that came before. So I think people just blindly accept it because they don't know anything else and they get told that these people represent our history, when they don't. We ought to learn more about the history of real people. Once you realise that hardly no one had a vote until the latter part of the 19th Century it makes you wonder about all the things that these aristocrats did in our name but without us having any say at all.
We get told the Monarchy brings in lots of revenue and that is a reason why lots are in favour, but frankly I don't think we should be pimping ourselves out as a country sized Disney-esque theme park for foreigners who want to live out some royal fantasy for 2 weeks. Tourism is not a good enough reason to maintain a particular system of government.
Having said that, if they didn't exist, I wouldn't get the enjoyment of being able to read this Board!
Quite perfectly put.
Except the tourism part, that is a nice and nifty lie cooked up by monarchists and possibly the Winds & grey men themselves. In fact Britain would enjoy a much greater tourism turn-over and profit if the Winds weren't there, because then all the palaces and houses they occupy but don't own (Buck P and Ken P to only name 2, basically they only own Sandringham and Balmoral if I'm not mistaken) would be open to the public and exhibitions could be held there, tours, weddings etc etc, like Versailles nowadays. Also France has the most tourists in Europe, Paris, Versailles and the south of France mostly, all without a royal family.
And the divide between people in terms of class will never end unless the system is scrapped. With a monarchy and aristocracy, there'll forever be a class system in place, sth as deeply ingrained as I've never seen in any other European country, not even those that also still have royal families.
I think my childrenís generation may be the one to start the idea of a republic. They are so utterly indifferent to the royal family and their knowledge of them is minimal. Once the Queen and Charles are gone I think it will be a very pivotal time and I donít see Will and Kate being anywhere near strong enough to hold things together.
I don't know how old your kids are, but I do think that the younger generation is the most dangerous to the monarchy as institution and the most likely to push for a republic.