Do you have a theory about it?
As a Sweden do you think queen Silvia wasn’t able To keep up with your nation’s expectations or do you think swedish in general grew more and more skeptical about their royals?
I haven't followed SRF much. I've only noticed them when there's a lot of "noise".
But I know Silvia's great charisma and presence lasted long. Until she was way over sixty.
What happened then was that the media wrote about her father having been a member of the German nazi party during WWII. Silvia's main reaction was to defend her father.
She lost much sympathy and respect.
And she seemed like a broken woman after that. There were rumours about her having Alzheimers.
There's also the natural progression. New members of the dynasty apperar, draw interest, grow up, marry, and again new members appear.
On the other hand, aging doesn't automatically mean you're "out". Elizabeth, Beatrix, Harald and Sonja among others, still contribute to the "magic" of their monarchies.
Silvia seems to have been a perfectionist derermined to carry the Swedish monarchy if no one else did. She got herself a husband who was anything but perfect.
I guess there's only a certain amount of stress a person can manage no matter how ambitious she is.
Imo since monarchy is hard to "defend" on rational grounds, there has to be at least one fix star (as we say in Swedish).
Silvia is no more that star, and there doesn't seem to be quite anyone who can replace her atm.
Victoria is popular but I don't know if she can carry all of that burden by herself.
Sweden has been a country where the social democrats ruled supreme, and a modified socialism was strong, not to say the foundation of the modern welfare state.
These days many people in Sweden seem to be mildly against monarchy (what's the point of it) or don't care, or are strongly against it because of democratic reasons.
So Silvia's contribution has been enormous in a basically hostile environment.
Says a republican.