Trying to get rid of the royalty is a waste of time

September 29, 2022 — by Parav Manney
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Due to social and political variables, it is clear that the monarchy won’t leave the throne any time soon.

The death of Queen Elizabeth II at 96 on Sept. 8 sparked wide-spread mourning and demonstrations of loyalty across Britain. The event, however, also brought light to a long-persisting question: Is it time for the monarchy to dissolve? 

In the age of democracy and representative bodies, common sense may imply an affirmation. But when taking a closer look at Britain’s political and social details, it becomes clearer that the monarchy will probably not go away for some time. 

It’s not wise to consider abandoning the system when considering that it’s too integrated into the government and bears little influence on actual political decisions.


Why it’s so hard to abolish the monarchy

If Britain ever did want to get rid of the royalty, it would require legislation from Parliament, which requires a majority vote from a referendum issued by the government. If the vote were held this year, polling suggests that a majority of Brits would want to keep the monarchy. 

Furthermore, the monarchs would have to be replaced by a new figure, such as a president, necessitating a conference of rights to a wholly new position.

So given the circumstances, it’s virtually impossible to detract power from the royals. The probability that the factors line up in perfect succession at the perfect time when the population is in the perfect social climate is exceedingly low.

At least for now, the case is quite inconvenient. 


Why it’s pointless to get rid of the royal family

 The monarchy doesn’t even play a heavy role in politics and instead serves as a highly institutionalized system that represents centuries of British history.

The historical tapestry and cultural heritage backdropping the royal family continue to capture and enamour the hearts of many British citizens, regardless of what outsiders think. 

Many younger generations continue to depart from these views and may, in the future, cause the monarchy’s popularity to fall into disfavor. But for now, there seems to be no indication of that anytime soon. The best we can do, instead of complaining about the royalty and their uselessness, is to allow time to run its course. It may someday come to an end, but even if it does, the tremors of its removal may prove little to no effect on practical, everyday life. 

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