The British Monarchy Essay

1042 words - 4 pages

The British Monarchy

Nowadays, some scandals and salacious gossip that surrounded the
royals seriously undermined the symbolism of the constitutional
monarchy, which indirectly influenced the current political situation.

The issue to be discussed, as to if the advantages of the UK having a
constitutional monarchy are greater than the disadvantages boils down
to one fundamental question: if the present system of the government
of the UK adapt to the present society? My answer is: no. In this
essay, I will look at the two ideas and appropriate my answer.

The constitutional monarchy: an impartial symbolic head of state, and
always acts on the advice of minister, especially of prime minister,
i.e. the monarch reigns, but does not rule. In theory, the monarch has
other prerogative such as appointment and dismissal of the Prime
Minister; opening and dissolving of parliament, the veto of
legislation, ect. Additionally, the monarch enjoys "the right to be
consulted, the right to encourage and the right to warn".

Clearly, the powers which the monarch now exercises are more
theoretical than real, but we still have our queen in Britain.

The supporters would say our queen is an impartial head of state, as a
symbol of national unity and continuity. Yes, she is, and so was the
monarchs before 1707. Why did we change the absolute monarchy into a
constitutional monarchy? Is it better? From the medias, we always see
a harmony, close, happy family as a fine model, and we thought our
queen and other royals love each other very well, but is it true? Let
us think about the death of Diana, princess of Wales. Even if Diana
divorced with Prince of Wales, she still was a royal member. When the
news of the death of Diana speeded, the queen and many royals were
indifferen to it, just as Diana was a stranger. People would ask:
where is the model of family? Where are the close family members? What
we saw is thousands of people cry for the death of Diana, thousands of
people take flowers to mourn Diana, but they are not relatives of
Diana. People disappoint to the queen and other royals.

Other supporters would say the pomp and ceremony of royals pageantry
is good for tourism and increases the revenue of the government. Maybe
it is true. However, if there are not a queen and other royals, will
the visitors not go to Britain? I think visitors are more interested
in old castles, churches and other sceneries than some person. If we
need to put some people who look like royals in castles or halls, we
can ask for some actors instead, and it will be cheaper. We just...

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