I love the British Monarchy, the greatest symbol known worldwide. The Royal family is an integral part of Great Britain’s national identity. Britain without the royal family would be France without wine or the USA without the Statute of Liberty.
Attractions related to the monarch bring in roughly 500 million pounds a year from overseas tourists. To be fair, many of these attractions are physical buildings that presumably wouldn’t spontaneously combust if the monarchy was abolished, but the continuity of the Royal Family helps keep them relevant. Think of all the tea, scones that one can buy! Two significant tourism attractions that were not made of brick and mortar were Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Jubilee was a massive success for British tourism — the country could have announced the Year of Free Chocolate and brought in less money. More weddings and anniversary celebrations will come in time, which means more pounds are on the horizon.
Buckingham Palace, London – By Diliff (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0] , via Wikimedia Commons
The world loves to hear about the royal family, We will eat up everything from scandals, like Harry dressing up as a Nazi for Halloween, to Prince Charles doing the weather report. If you need further proof of their popularity, pay attention to how the Family is received in public while on tour! It usually draws huge crowds and a massive amount of media coverage. Keeping an eye on the royal family is a way of staying classy! No matter how unpopular British Foreign policy may become, the Royals are there to remind the world how smart it is to be British.
Every politician is terrified about embarrassing himself. How anxious it is to be caught doing something not expected! The slightest faux-pas and then he becomes the number one subject in spite of himself and to his cost. From the social networks, to the news, from radio debates to TV talk shows, he is torn apart. The Queen doesn’t have to worry about any of that nonsense. She can go out, do something awesome, look rad (super génial, qui déchire), and make people proud to call her their leader. She can even appear at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, playing her own role and jumping out of a helicopter with the latest James Bond, Daniel Craig.
If the Royal Family went away, what else would the English be famous for? It gives everyone from the richest business man to the toughest football hooligan, something in common to be proud of or gossip around.
Remember I cannot forget my roots… and tomorrow I will be French.