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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureRoyalty · 1 month ago

Why does the UK still have a monarchy and a royal family ?

I mean for f sake it’s 2020 not 1593. Besides the queen does nothing, the royals do nothing except attend random events giving handshakes, live off taxpayers money for travel and unnecessary security details, live privileged lives for doing nothing. 

I read the other day that removing the whole monarchy and royal family would make Britain’s £300-400 better off each year and decrease the alarming levels of inequality. Also the money the royals make off the land could actually be given back to the people and not themselves. 

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  • Alan H
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Because, sadly, the vote to become a republic is not there.

    Tragic that Charles II was invited back 

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  • ctc453
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    It's only a parliamentary monarchy and not a real monarchy 

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  • 1 month ago

    an outdated tradition that should have ended centuries ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Because polls consistently show at least 75% of the British public support the monarchy and the royal family, and support for the monarchy goes hand in hand with being British and patriotic. You might think your republican sentiments are cool and edgy, but you're in a tiny, tiny minority, and everything you have stated in your question (or rant) is just incorrect, it's just all opinion and emotion, and completely fact free. You think that the President that you'd replace the monarch with wouldn't need to be paid with taxpayers' money, or wouldn't live in a vast presidential palace like all Presidents in the world? But this President wouldn't have the Crown Estate to offset any contributions from the public purse, so the cost would be a $hitload more than at present.

    Besides, lots of other countries are constitutional monarchies, and are very happy being so. They are among some of the most prosperous and successful countries in the world, including: Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Japan, Monaco, most Anglophone Caribbean countries, Malaysia, Thailand.

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  • 1 month ago

    The vast majority of people have no problem having a monarchy.

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  • Rico
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    History shows that monarchy works better in the UK than the republican form of government 

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  • 1 month ago

    We can't really laugh at North Korea while we have basically the same thing in the royals. As usual an idiot pops up to say the majority want them, when was a referendum held on the matter? I missed it.

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  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Tradition and the trillions in tourism it brings in.

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  • Clo
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    You need to be careful about the "reports" that you read because people pay for one-sided accountings to support their causes and beliefs. The authors of that report were paid to support the anti-monarchists and not to report what really is.

    The first thing that must be done is to understand that the constitutional monarchy works for the countries that have them. If a country did not want the monarchy, they would have a referendum and vote that form of government out of service.

    The next thing that must be done is to see that NO form of government is perfect and that there is still a big divide between the rich and the middle and working classes. The US government is quite costly and Donald Trump's frequent golf trips have cost over $100 million dollars, alone.

    Several analyses have calculated that Trump, as of October 2019, incurred around $109 million in taxpayer spending related to his golf outings, which is close to the amount of money a president would make if he were being paid $400,000 annually for 278.5 years.https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/278-years-golf/

    Among the many  social classes in the US, the very top tier filled by people who make money off of investments--they don't hold jobs and their investments aren't all exactly ethical...and the question of tax shelters that allow them not to pay certain taxes...

    Having a democracy doesn't make things equal, fair, as good as you claim.

    Another thing that needs to be done is careful study, something lacking as you seem to think the Queen does nothing. This belief shows a complete lack of knowledge, an ignorance of royal prerogatives and the fact the the monarch reigns through Parliament, the monarchy and the elected government work together. But, you have come here to vent and whine, not to learn.

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  • 1 month ago

    That is all the head of state of MOST countries does - France, Brazil, the US and South Korea are pretty much the only major countries that have executive or semi-executive presidents. Everyone else either has a ceremonial head of state - either elected (like Germany) or inherited (like Japan)

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