The Modernist wrote:Toby wrote:And whether you agree with the institution's relevancy in today's society or not, the simple fact is that a huge number of people in this country do view the Royal Family in a symbolic manner.
I don't think they do, although the ruling class like to think they do, because it underlines the subtext that they must somehow be led by their 'betters'.
I think many are interested in them, but in a fairly superficial "modern celebrity" way, in the same way that they might be interested in what dress Cheryl Cole wears to a premier.
I think there's something to that - in the office yesterday, it was noticeable the people who were most interested and enthusiastic about the news of Harry and Meghan's engagement were a Ghanaian student ambassador, and a colleague who's Romanian, both of whom are in their early twenties.
But maybe there's more to it among older people. I don't pay the Royals much attention, but I get the general impression when they're discussed that people rather admire the Queen and the way she conducts herself, and that increasingly the same goes for her two grandsons. I think other members of the Royal family probably aren't thought of anywhere near as well, especially the Queen's sons.
My views have changed over the past few years. I used to be a pretty firm republican, albeit not one with much personal animus towards any of them particularly, but in a referendum I'd have eagerly voted for the monarchy to be done away with. These days I'm more ambivalent.