#atozchallenge: R is for Royalty…

21 Apr


“We” are celebrating a birthday today in the UK, although personally, I’m not that bothered.

Queen Elizabeth II is 90 years old today and I see no reason she shouldn’t be entitled to have a birthday, the same as anyone else, but I don’t feel any need to go out and wave a flag or hold a street party.
The royal family is one of those institutions that has a different image to different generations, I think.

For my parents’ generation, the royals were the epitome of Englishness, (despite the fact that they are, largely, German in origin) to be feted and cheered, to be seen kissing babies and accepting flowers from little children and waving in a genteel fashion.
A family of unabashed privilege who were somehow still seen as being in tune with their subjects and “suffered” alongside them in the war.

My generation are probably more cynical in their attitude, seeing a hugely entitled institution that has, in real terms, almost no influence over the country they purport to “rule” and one which seems increasingly out of touch with the society outside of it’s gilded gates.

The current generation is possibly more tolerant of them, having the wonder of mass media to beam glamorous pictures of fairytale princesses and their darling children into their lives, being able to watch the handsome  prince doing heroic things with helicopters and/or making a man-of-the-people dickhead of himself at fancy dress parties; it feels as though The Windsors (as I’m sure their inevitable tv reality show will be called) are part of the real world again.

And through it all, Liz has been quietly burrowing into the national psyche.

To be honest, to me at least, she’s always seemed the most normal and down to earth of the lot.
She looks like someone’s gran, she wears some pretty cool hats and she likes her horse racing.
She also looks like she could dole out a pretty good bollocking and her husband, well, he’s the best cantankerous old git you could possibly hope to sit next to at a bar for an hour or so.
He has offended practically every nationality and demographic on the planet but, for some reason, everyone still thinks he’s hilarious, because he absolutely doesn’t mean it, it’s just that his perspective is so spectacularly skewed by always having been able to say whatever he likes and have people laugh politely at his jokes.

I’ve never been overly impressed with their offspring, they all seem to have the slightly desperate air of a generation that knows its time is running out and, although their kids appear to have turned out ok, I think the English royal family has had its heyday and all the image makeovers and revivals it’s going to get and it wouldn’t be a bad thing for it to quietly fade away.

I have nothing against them really and you couldn’t pay me enough to swap places with them, but I don’t believe they are a necessary, relevant or financially viable commodity any more.
I know the argument is that they bring in huge amounts of tourist money, but I don’t think the tourists would stop coming if the royals vanished tomorrow; there is only so much time you can spend with your face pressed up against the gates, being impressed with how much richer somebody is than you.

And they never invite you in anyway.

In other royal news, Prince died today.
There is no need to say a whole lot more about that; he always let the music do the talking…



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11 responses to “#atozchallenge: R is for Royalty…

  1. Bee Halton

    April 21, 2016 at 21:04

    You did read “The Queen and I” didn’t you?????? 😉 I love the royals but I’m German and deprived of Kings and Queens since a long time 😉

    • dalecooper57

      April 21, 2016 at 21:25

      You can share ours, they’re from over there anyway.

      • Bee Halton

        April 22, 2016 at 05:07

        That’s why I am here 😉

      • dalecooper57

        April 22, 2016 at 06:37

        You’re a royal family stalker?

      • Bee Halton

        April 22, 2016 at 07:30

        Only on the telly 😉

  2. Micki Allen

    April 21, 2016 at 21:14

    This Texan loves Queen Elizabeth II. Just sayin’. And, Prince was the closest we here in the States got to royalty.

    • dalecooper57

      April 21, 2016 at 21:26

      She’s ok, like I say, I’ve nothing against her personally, but she’s very expensive.

  3. lv2trnscrb

    April 22, 2016 at 17:11

    I was saddened to hear about Prince; I did enjoy his music.

    I loved that Queen Elizabeth liked corgis; they are my absolutely favorite dogs; we’ve had two of them and they were quite the characters.


    • dalecooper57

      April 22, 2016 at 17:46

      She has in fact invented a new breed, a corgi crossed with something else, I can’t remember what, but it has resulted in one of those daft portmanteau words.

  4. John Holton

    April 26, 2016 at 17:21

    A lot of us in the US are very fond of Her Majesty and Prince Phillip. I think they get around quite a bit, especially given their age. I saw this wonderful picture of the Queen visiting a patient and her nurse at a hospital, and it looked like they were just having a nice chat. I pictured the nurse rising to greet her, and her saying, “please, don’t get up.”

    • dalecooper57

      April 26, 2016 at 17:36

      I’m sure they’re very nice, but I object to paying for their entire family’s exorbitant lifestyle.
      She has her own train, a yacht, castles and houses all over the place, and yet we pay for a lot of it and get nothing in return. It is an outdated and archaic system that doesn’t really have a place in modern society.


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