I believe that the royal family is an important source of pride and inspiration. The world's continued fascination with them, despite the fact that they no longer hold any political influence, is a good example of their importance as figureheads.
The royal family is a good thing, because people like to idolize their leaders. Look at America, where there is no royal family; we end up treating Hollywood stars and Presidents like royalty. It seems that people have a need to glorify a leader and look up to them, so why not the family that is ruling? It's no worse than glorifying two-bit reality show stars.
The royal family is a family to look up to, and many people actually care about them. I think it is a beautiful tradition and one of the most precious symbols there is for many countries in the word. So many countries are united thanks to them, and they are definitely proud of such a symbolic union.
Considering Britain's Government is a Constitutional Monarchy, established in the year 1688, and has prospered since then. Monarchs have performed deeds that improved the country and it's citizens. I will concede to the fact that some of them were unfit rulers, and used their power for selfish reasons. Yet there were Monarchs that possessed kindness, and fair sense of honor and justice. In times of war they would speak to the people personally rallying their spirits to push on and never give up. Take King George VI, he actually cared for people and wanted to help his country when it was threatened by Nazi Germany. Of course actual people in power like Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave speeches to rally the people too, but even they needed hope from the a Monarchs that rule alongside them.
Britain is one of the few remaining countries in the world that has a royal family dating back to the founding of its country. It has led Britain to such heights that it once owned one quarter of the entire planet. They give Britain a face to their government and they show how classy and intelligent they can be.
At the moment Britain's national identity is coming from the Royals. It's nice to have a stereotype that isn't some sort of Chav. Also they put Britain on the map. Would tourists come here to gloomy old Britain with a president drenched in rain? I don't think so. And they make us happy and bring us together.
I have read that there are magazines in England about Queen Elizabeth that come out monthly, with adoring articles about everything that goes on in her life. These magazines are devoured by a large number of the English people. The royal family makes the English people happy, and that is a good thing.
I grew up in Australia, and learned "God Save the Queen", along with our national anthem. The Royal Family were intrinsic to our national identity, as much a part of who we were, as a nation, as koalas and kangaroos. Largely symbolic, the Royal Family, nevertheless, forms a useful function in charitable works, raising funds and representing important causes. They are ambassadors, functioning in a non-political arena, whatever their personal views may be. They represent the nation's history and, in a rapidly changing political and social environment, a sense of continuity and community. The Royal Family is imperfect, yet that makes them, in some ways, dearer to the people, because they are human. They represent a little bit of fairy tale and honor, magic, and a belief that good and great are still possible.
The royal family would do us good for tourism but over 50% of our taxes get sent to the Queen. Debating for the king or queen would be a nice idea even though we probably wont earn as much tourism as we would had hopped for. Still, I havent changed my mind about my answer. In my opinion we do not need the royal family due to space and financial problems.
There may be certain advantages to the royal family but the fact people are considered better then other people and are hailed just because they were born into a old fashioned and rich family is outdated. There is no reason that they should be considered better than us and I believe that they are not worth it.
They exist in an aristocratic bubble where they have plenty of money, and never have to worry about how they're going to live one day to the next. They haven't worked to earn their money, they've just been born into it. They've got no idea how most people live. Some of the acts that the royal family have committed in the past were atrocious (they are descendants of rapists and murderers) and I don't think we should be proud of them. They should be stripped of their wealth and forced to work in real jobs to earn their money, rather than put in a pedestal.
NO, I think the "royal" family is useless and a burden on people. The the money they get is better spent on the welfare of the people. It's time to get rid of the non-sense and be more practical. It's high time to get real equality between people regardless of who they are.
Disgusting elitism...Aristocrats wearing crowns in golden carriages waving to the masses, give me a break. Royals deserve the same amount of respect as anyone else but nothing more. Royal family is a symbol of inequality and excess. The only benefit I can see is the economic argument as the royals are seen as a tourist attraction, but this reasoning lacks integrity - attracting visitors and tourist money is a vulgar justification. The royals are trapped in their own bubble, it must be very difficult psychologically. Rather them than me. They will not disband themselves so it will take the will of the public eventually - should be voted on regularly.
The royal family has no place in a modern European society. It is an outdated reminder of a feudal system in Europe which was dominated by the powerful who grabbed power and then persuaded the populace that they were chosen by God by allying themselves to religion. In the UK it serves no useful purpose other than, possibly as a tourist attraction. It is a constant reminder to the poor that the rich are in control and have a hierarchy which has as its titular head the royal family. It should be abolished.
If Scotland votes for independence it should reject the Church of Scotland's current attempt to hold on to its privileged position by voting that we should accept the Queen as our sovereign. It has no place in a modern society.
They occupy no power and are more of a burden on the tax payer than people believe. I have heard plenty of people harking on about national unity and pride but the fact is that there are hundreds if children and other people living in poverty throughout our nation whilst William and Kate are herded around on the royal flight and in private Rolls royces - all paid for by the tax payer. Especially as they have enough money themselves for such luxuries, it disgusts me.
The concept of a royal family is ludicrous. They hold no real power. They serve no real function, except as a figurehead of government. Realistically, they are a money-sink, as displayed by the unnecessary "grandeur" of the royal wedding and the inexplicable amount of attention paid to the personal lives and doings of these royals.