All over the world, public fascination with the British monarchy continues.
From royal weddings and birth announcements to public feuds between the Queen’s daughters-in-law. Whether it’s a happy occasion or scandal, what is it about the British monarchy that keeps the public so intrigued?
It seems that fairy tales live on in the British monarchy; horse drawn carriages and all. The centuries-old romantic traditions have withstood the test of time in a world increasingly blighted by serious global issues such as terrorism, environmental concerns and financial crisis.
Millions of visitors annually line up outside Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard and admire the Crown Jewels on display in the Tower of London. And if magazine and tabloids want to increase their sales then a piece on the royals with some photos will do the trick.
Today’s British monarchy is no anachronism. The youngsters are firmly rooted in the 21st Century and increase the relevancy of the royal family with social media presence and a commitment to maintaining their relatable personalities.
The Sovereign Grant is funding for the royal family to carry out their various duties. Funded by British taxpayers, the annual 2017-2018 estimate was 45 million GBP.
Some argue that the British monarchy is unnecessary and should be able to survive without any government assistance. That in the 21st-century, the monarchy is outdated and a waste of taxpayers’ money. But it is the taxpayers themselves who come out onto the streets in their droves for royal occasions showing no signs that they want to see the back of the British monarchy.
America may have its Hollywood royalty, but Britain has the real thing with a pedigree stretching back to King Alfred the Great. It’s more than 1200 years since he wore the crown, and there have been 37 generations of royals since.
Are the Royals worth keeping?