posted on Jan, 13 2013 @ 01:53 PM
Greetings, ATS and my British friends,
I have a question and I hope you can help me better understand this. My question: how does the average British citizen view the monarchy?
In 1996, I was studying at Oxford and there was some minor celebration with regards to the monarchy (I want to say it was the Queen Mother's
birthday, but I honestly don't remember). The British students I was studying with were of a couple different attitudes towards the event; the most
expressed attitude was one of disdain for the Royal Family and the pomp and circumstance attending the event. The other attitude was basic
In America, we don't have a Royal Family, but I guess our nearest equivalent would be Hollywood stars. Now, I personally don't follow Hollywood
gossip, nor do I care who just got married, divorced, or what have you. But I do know folks who follow that information religiously; just look at all
the entertainment shows and magazines that do a brisk business.
Is it the same for the Royal Family? Do you see them as (I hate to use this word, but none other comes to mind) a mascot of sorts, that represents
your country, your values, your essence? Or do you see them as a hindrance, a relic, an old-fashioned way of life that doesn't impact your life at
Please understand, I'm asking because I want to better understand the British people. I am not asking out of disrespect, so if this post has
offended you, then I apologize.
Thanks in advance,