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For Brits only: What do you think about having a Royal Family?

Yesterday, I saw the movie "The Queen" with Helen Mirren. It really gave me a whole new respect for the Queen. After all, it's not as if she asked for the job and she has really tried to do it to the best of her abilities. However, no matter what she does or doesn't do, there's always someone who disapproves. That being said, though, I have to also say that I'm an American and that I can't imagine what it must be like to live in a country with hereditary titles. After all, we have presidential elections every four years. Do you think that the Queen and the other Royals earn their keep or do you think that Britain would be better off without them?

Asked By: tangerine - 11/29/2006
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Like all English schoolchildren of the 1950's I was brought up to have an immoveable respect for the Royal Family, 'King and Country' and so on. When the old king died I remember us kids being taken to watch the funeral cortege go by. The coffin was carried on a gun carriage and it rained. A few months later we were... More
Answered By: quatt47 - 11/29/2006
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Sorry, I'm not British, but I think the whole idea of a royal family is completely pointless. It is an old tradition that makes people rich and powerful that don't necessarily deserve it. I believe people should work hard to get to where they are, not be born into it.
Answered By: ДПĐŘΣШ - 11/29/2006
 
I am British and am rather caught between two opposing ideas about having a royal family... the old 'true red' socialist in me thinks of the concept of one group or indevidual controlling the lives of the rest of us as abhorrant, especially if they are simply born into that position and would do almost anything to... More
Answered By: jademonkey - 11/29/2006
 
The royal family are at the top of a class structure where the elite has power and privilege and the poor are reduced to spectators... More
Answered By: Gringo - 11/29/2006
 
I am Made in Australia and PROUD to be BRITISH .why? because the Royal family and its standing protect and prevent me from being ruled by a system of Presidents, all of whom seem to get there with cash and lies .. maybe the Royal family has little actual power, but the respect and dedication by the peoples of the... More
Answered By: ausbeastie42 - 11/29/2006
 
I am a Briton and am proud to have the Windsor Royal Family. It is part of my culture. If you take a way the royal aspects of England how different are we from other countries--not much. I dare not want to be considered just as the americans with different speaking voices. The current monarch, Her Majesty and her... More
Answered By: Anna L - 11/29/2006
 
The Queen is a wonderful person, and I think she deserves to be a queen and is good at it. However, royalty does not coincide with today's society.
Answered By: elf - 11/29/2006
 
from uk i respect our queen and believes that she earns her keep. she also defines the uniqueness of our culture.... but still, the whole idea of someone above us all just because of her birth is somehow obscene
Answered By: virago - 11/29/2006
 
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