Part of me sympathizes with the national pride displayed at the celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee, but the other part says, “A monarchy? In the 21st century?”
I find it bizarre that England still makes such a big deal of their monarchs, who’ve done absolutely nothing to merit their stations in life. It’s like celebrating the child of a rich guy because he inherited his wealth. Huh? Though I’m no fan of hero-worship myself, I’d say an elected official or successful businessperson (rather than the businessperson’s heir) is a much stronger image around which a population could rally. Moreover, royal influence on the government has also waned over the years, making them less relevant, which is a good thing considering that, when such influence was exercised directly, there were beheadings. I just don’t get it — the monarchy, that is — but I certainly appreciate the love the British citizens have for their country. They’re a good friend to America, and have plenty of good reasons for their pride.