The royal family seems to do quite a lot of work, giving up their privacy and much of the personal life that we take for granted (up to now), even if they do live a luxurious and lavish life style. They have to deal with being watched all the time by the press and having their every word and action parsed for untoward, non-PC content no matter what the context or level of public vs. private venue in order to avoid causing scandal or even an international kerfuffle. Even so, they still manage to contribute quite a lot to their nation.
The true leeches contribute nothing except more leeches, and often steal from others to live larger, with many becoming violent criminals as well.
I beg to diff.
If you hired those people off the street to do what they do, you could save hundreds of millions of dollars. (OK, Pounds or Euros or whatever.)(Maybe billions, even.)
Just admit it. You like the monarchy. It's Okay, a lot of people do.
Some of us though, still have a bad taste in our mouths that goes all the way back to 1776, and would prefer to see those billions circulating and recirculating through a productive economy.
Just sitting here trying to imagine OzBama living until 2063 and then one of his girls picking up the mantle of leadership. Nice premise for a horror movie.
Long live the King!
mainly having to do with continuity, tradition, pomp and a very high level of civilized behavior. It's why no one could be hired off the streets to do what they do.
They already had to let go of "Britannia". What more do you want, for pete's sake!
You lost me. Are you referring to that bit about the sun never setting on the British Empire, or the one where Britannia Rules the Waves.... ??
Whatever.... I just can't fathom the huge numbers of people in this country who fawn and get all fuzzy and warm over royalty in another nation.
What's that really about?
was their huge yacht. I think some Arab oil sheik has it now. Awesome boat.
I never think about them except when something interesting is happening. Otherwise, they're irrelevant. Growing up Anglican, all things English were somewhat interesting, even if purely in an unrealistically romantic-fantasy kind of way, based on lit courses, beautiful music and wonderful liturgy.
Where would we be without England? No matter what our differences, our roots are there.
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