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  1. Elizabeth

    Well I have neither seen The Crown nor watched the Oprah interview, nor watched Princess Diana’s wedding, etc. etc. I do like knowing who was monarch in any given historical period, but that is about it for me.

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  2. By Hook Or By Book: Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff

    I don’t know very much about the current monarchy, most of my knowledge comes from The Crown.😁 I remember being fascinated by Princess Diana, and applauded the way she broke from the royals and took on causes like AIDS that they wouldn’t touch. It will be interesting to see what happens when the Queen passes. I can’t see Charles being a very effective King.

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  3. Doug

    Of course I am not a Brit and I certainly have no say in the matter… but maybe that’s just the point. My perception of British royalty is that it is the heart and soul of being British. It’s the culmination of English history having been presented as a Great Empire created, founded, and maintained on the dynamic of the passing royalty of the times, and that maintaining that royalty is in itself a matter of British pride. We may be Americans but our roots as a nation will always be recognized prior to our “melting pot” diversity took hold, as deeply British in spite of the treatment from King George III back in the day. If nothing else he helped create us over here by his inability to see the forest o’er the trees. Like our own problems in falling victim to the occasional incompetent president, royals in British history have fallen all over the chart of effective leadership to the point that their powers have been reduced to figurehead status. So seems to me the average Brit has to determine for themselves if preserving the dynasty.. the traditions that present and represent all things British.. is relevant to the future of Britain. Or does the whole thing simply cater to history of a past pride with little application to the present needs and priorities of the Commonwealth? I have no idea. But the royals, in the end, are simply human like the rest of us.. and as such you can get a few bad apples from time to time… and you have to weather the storm until the “right” one shows up. I have no idea if that’s worth preserving.

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    • beetleypete

      From my point of view, I am not in favour of a monarchy, and would dearly love to see the whole structure of it abolished, along with the Princesses, Earls, Dukes, Barons, and other hangers-on. But I doubt that will ever happen, and certainly not in my lifetime, or the lifetime of someone born today. The best I can hope for is a reduction in public interest in them that will eventually lead them to play a far less important role in everyday life in Britain. If Scotland goes independent, that will be the start of it.
      Thanks Doug.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. Maggie

    Interesting read, Pete. I don’t know much about the monarchy except it seems an outdated institution to me. From a distant view, I would have little trust in Charles unless he is more adept than he seems. We just started watching The Crown, and I find it interesting although I am not sure of its accuracy.

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    • beetleypete

      With the resurgence of pro-independence in Scotland, any future ‘ruler’ may find their realm is considerably smaller than it was. I wonder how America would take to having a King, after fighting so hard to get rid of the one they had? You can have our next one, with my blessing. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. wilfredbooks

    I don’t find the article very encouraging, I’m afraid Pete: it concentrates on how the succession might play out, with great emphasis on the personalities involved [thereby supporting how enslaved to celebrity culture and living vicariously a large proportion of the British public is], instead of actually asking the question of whether a democratically elected head of state [with a vastly reduced entourage & accoutrements] would be better for an otherwise civilised [mostly] country in the twenty-first century; especially as the logical outcome of devolution, like it or not, might be a need for heads of state for each individual country? Cheers, Jon.

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    • beetleypete

      I know what you mean, Jon. But it is reflecting the sad reality that celebrity culture seems to mean a lot more to people today than the wider issue of Republicanism. What interested me was the fact that there is a slow downward trend in the ‘idolising’ of Royalty in general. Once the Queen dies, I am hoping that more people will take less interest in who comes next.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      • wilfredbooks

        My biggest fear is that once the younger successor [assuming Charles doesn’t last very long] becomes established in the palace, so many people are going to be impressed by the whole shenanigans that a change to the current system will resume its position on the back burner.

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