Originally posted by ironsjack
reply to post by NadaCambia
Do a bit of research and you'll find 50,000 tourists visit the palace each year, not including the ones that stand outside to take pictures etc.
I'm no royalist but it annoys me when people complain about people that have no power and are a part of british heritage, something to be proud of.
I bet if you went abroad and asked foreigners what names come to their head when you say "england" they would say:
1. The Queen
2. Buckingham palace
3. Manchester united.
Tourists, like us only get rare glimpses of the Royals at ceremonies or at play somewhere. Buckingham Palace may have had 50,000 but that's nothing
compared to the 3,000,000 that visit just the Royal chateau in Versailles, without taking into account the visitors that visit all the other
French and German beautiful castles and palaces,which they can actually afford to run because they don't maintain any Royals.
We are given a figure of 66p pp to maintain the royals. That actually adds up to considerably more than the £7 million odd the Government admits
they cost. Presumably that comes from the Civil List which pays for their staff, execs, admin, catering,hospitality,housekeeping,furnishings,
ceremonial functions, sundres and spending on assets - (which does not include gambling bills that the Queen Mother ran up). What it does not cover
are thing like security etc which comes out of the Armed Forces and Police budgets. We will probably never get to the real figure but it will be
The Media are the ones that have given the wedding the hype it has had and every opportunity has been taken
to try to stir up the public about this wedding. However I suspect its actually less than 20% of the public are actually fans. Diana's death has
damaged them deeply.
People seem to think that the Royal Family are 'one of us'. They are not. They come from old, quite secretive land-owning Royal European
families, whom only ever intermarried other royal houses thereby keeping their assets and power intact. They often ended up ruling over peoples they
had no personal relationship to. Queen Victoria's first language was German, not English. As most countries rumbled and then kicked out their
royals the marriage market became less populated and they have over the last few of generations married from the lower eschelons.
The Queen is cousin to the then US President Bush and David Cameron, even Obama appears to have some weird link to her through a supposed Egyptian
line and William has married a distant cousin. So its still all in the family despite appearances. These links are very handy for protecting 'one's
interestboth on internal and foreign policy.
The Queen still has the power of Veto and has probably bargained with it to avoid paying tax for years. It was not that long ago that an
investigative journalist, rare today, managed to reveal the phenomenal extent of her wealth, things like part of Times Square etc. Anyone who thinks
the Queen has no hand in government is actually a fool. She receives every day except Christmas and New Year Despatch Boxes which update her with
affairs across the world. A Red Box contains The Page of the Presence which holds Cabint, Foreign and Commonwealth documents which she has to sign.
The Prime Minister visits her every week to take her instructions. She still governs and obviously helps select favoured personages into selected
jobs. Cameron would never have made PM without Buck House's help.
Personally I would like a chance to vote for a proper democracy, I doubt in this day and age we would retain our royalty if the public actually
realised the serruptituous stranglehold around the world our Royals actually hold. However they understand the value of eliteism and maintain an
honours list which most would sell their principles to get on