View Full Version : Will the Royal Family always be adored?
October 29th, 2011, 9:26 PM
Recently the Queen visited Australia for CHOGM, where many people showed up to greet her from what I saw on TV. However, from what I've read, a lot more turned up to welcome Princess Diana while she was still alive.
This makes me wonder if children these days aren't really interested in the Royal Family anymore, here, at least. On a more global scale, though, do you think the Royal Family will always be adored by those within the Commonwealth? Do you think that at some point interest will die out for the Queen (and future Queen), with society increasingly becoming involved in other issues? If so, would this lead to changes in how government is run throughout those various countries? Share your thoughts and anything else I might've neglected to mention!
October 29th, 2011, 11:00 PM
I think that all the countries with Monarchies will stay that way in the foreseeable future. After all, the European kings and queens have pretty much taken the role of powerless Heads of State. In short, the King of Belgium, the Queen of the UK (also Nica, her heir is Prince Charles, afaik XD), the King of Spain, etc... are the exact equivalent to the President of Germany or the President of Ireland: simple figureheads. The only difference is that Kings aren't elected and they are much more interesting for the press.
In shot, unless there is a massive revolution (kings are only removed in those), I don't see monarchies getting removed by popular vote one regular morning. As long as they stay on the sideline doing nothing other than looking pretty and acting as serious Heads of State over the political fights, monarchies will use the tradition and their popularity to stay on their palaces.
My only personal problem is how much money they get. If they earned pretty much the same money as a Prime Minister (maybe more, but not that much), I honestly wouldn't mind seeing a King here in Spain all my life. But our President earns €960k a year and the King earns €9 million...
October 30th, 2011, 8:15 AM
Which royal family? The British one?
I don't understand why they're adored in the first place, but I suspect it's one of those "they're famous for being famous" Parish Hilton* kind of things: when you strip everything down they're just some people with a lot of money, but they someone have everyone caring about what they do. So as long as they have money (and I don't see that changing in the near future) they'll probably be adored by some segment of society. Then again, they may become nothing more than reality television stars in every aspect except name.
*or whoever has replaced her in the media.
October 30th, 2011, 9:04 AM
Being adored doesn't necessarily mean they're better off being in power than not.
While the UK's royal family may seem to be just a bit of pretentious golden fluff, they do serve a role in keeping Britain and its Commonwealth together. They're not just people who have money, they do have a complicated system that they maintain.
More malicious people could find a way to fill the void that's left when the royal family gets removed from power. It doesn't take a monarchy to get people thinking that they're the king of the mountain.
EDIT: I've been responding to waaaaay too many Youtube video comment battles recently.. D:
October 30th, 2011, 9:11 AM
People adore them? I think it's really just the older population that adore the British Monarchy nowadays. I guess it's probably different in the Commonwealth countries that aren't close to Britain, though. I know here, the only people who cared in the slightest about the Royal Wedding this year (last year?) were the generation above me at best. I don't know a single person in my generation who paid any attention to it and those who did probably only paid attention because the news wouldn't shut up about it. :x
I think one day, they will be obsolete both in power and title, but I don't necessarily see it happening any time soon. And to be honest, I guess I don't really care either way. It's not like anything the Queen does will ever really affect me anyway.
October 30th, 2011, 9:13 AM
The British monarchy? I don't think they're adored, at all. I know more people that dislike them than like them. Hell, they're more popular in America than in this country. Respect for the Royals has been on the decline for decades, and I don't see that changing.
Mr Cat Dog
October 30th, 2011, 9:42 AM
I like this quote from Wikipedia about the global reaction to the recent wedding of William and Kate:
In the UK the National Grid reported a huge surge in demand for power after the service, equivalent to one million kettles being boiled, when the royal couple returned to Buckingham Palace. Viewership of the wedding was recorded by electricity use in Ontario, where, at the approximate moment Middleton arrived at Westminster Abbey, the Independent Electricity System Operator recorded a 300 megawatt drop in electricity use, which was attributed to "people going about their normal morning routines [stopping] whatever they were doing, rather than make breakfast or shower, and watch the TV".
From a UK standpoint, with regard to the 'decline' of the Royals, their reactions after the death of Princess Diana left a sour taste in many people's mouths, but since that nadir, they seem to have become sort of popular again. By keeping quiet and not doing anything controversial, people don't really question their existence or relevance, in a weirdly ironic way.
Also, to mention the money, the only reason I 'support' the monarchy is because they bring in so much tourism revenue (and subsequent taxation) that it offsets their expenditure from public funds. If that balance swings the other way (due to, I guess, a lack of popularity), then there's no real point in having them, history and heritage be damned.
October 30th, 2011, 3:41 PM
People adore them?
Personally, I think anyone who 'loves' the Royal Family just has waaay too much time on their hands :/
It's kind of a complex issue where I live. A great number of people, myself included, couldn't care less for them (probably due to the 'auld enemy' and all that historical bizazzle). But it is significant in the whole west of Scotland catholic-protestand thing which I really can't be bothered going into -.-
But yea, I think they're just a load of regulars who got lucky because of who great great granny and grandad were. Take away their wealth and they are truly nothing special. At all.
November 2nd, 2011, 8:57 PM
I do think many people nowadays actually doesn't care about the Royal Family anymore, simply because the world is getting modernized and of course, it makes young people uninterested about them. Also, some people recognize them because of their title & wealth, two main factors tbh.
November 7th, 2011, 12:37 AM
I frikking love the Queen. There, I said. I'm out. I love her and I love everything she is about. I love every aspect of her. I love everything about the Royals. The stuffy British lifestyle with the tea and the walks around the royal grounds... I love it. I find it equal parts hilarious and fascinating, and I would be crushed if they were to ever lose what's left of their power (even if it is only ceremonial).
As to whether they will always be adored, I think it would depend on their ability to adapt to society. If they can maintain an image of 'modern' royalty (which they have done through Will & Kate) rather than slipping into their archaic ways, they should be fine for quite a while longer.
November 7th, 2011, 8:12 PM
Although most of the time nonchalant about the Royal Family (the British Royal Family, unless specified otherwise), I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Diana. I also adore Kate Middleton, but I realize that the Royal Family are more or less ambassadors for England (the same for all countries with a monarchy, really). I just see them as a celebrity family with a 'difference'. But touching back on Diana, I think she realized that she could be more than a princess in a dying tradition and she used her influence to better the world. Whether the public liked her/her ways or not, she did what she could and so much much more. I think people would give a lot more respect to the Royal Family if there were more people like Diana, but... I think we all know she was someone the Royal Family won't see in a long time. Unless Kate Middleton steps up to the role left by Diana, that is.
I believe that monarchies as a whole are a dying tradition. The world is pretty much governed by governments instead of select royal-blooded families and with the passing of time, I think all the royal families in the world will fade away and become normal, like the rest of us. There'll always be people who wish the families were ruling the country and there'll always be museums/exhibitions/books etc showcasing the rise and fall of the families, but as a whole, I think the world is going to forget them.
November 8th, 2011, 3:41 AM
I never understood why I should obey someone who was born into a wealthy and lucky family.
I don't adore the royals, I actually think the whole thing is a waste.
November 10th, 2011, 3:33 AM
Posting under the assumption that is this the British Royal Family.
I'd make a tl;dr but in far fewer words, I agree with what Captain Fabio said. I (along with most people I've spoken to from England about this) really don't actually care about our Royal Family. Or, for that matter, know what they do; I'm also guilty of this. From what I can gather they just add to all those irritating British stereotypes. ~_~
November 22nd, 2011, 10:54 PM
i don't think i've ever met an aussie that has adored the brit royal family. then again, australia turned down the chance to become a republic a few years back. australians are more prone to seeing the queen as a nice old lady and making fun of the rest of the family via political cartoons than actually adoring them.
what i do see though, is respect for the longetivity of rule and minimal complaint about being under the monarchy. it's been going on for so long that there's no need to fix what isn't broken, i guess.