More evidence the Royal Family is beneficial to the UK?Watch
China personally invited Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge to visit China for a tour in early 2015. So is this a sign that the Royal family can represent the UK in a better way abroad then politicans could?
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i've always wondered what's the point of a royal family like in general?
Unlike France which saw a period of political turmoil in the 18th and 19th century, there has never been any reason for the UK to do away with the royal family and create a republic.
Having the queen as head of state rather than an elected leader allows for the fusion of executive and legislative power which is a key strength of our political system.
As well as ceremonial and procedural functions, the royal family also acts in an ambassadorial role and it is claimed that it brings in tourism, though that point is debated.
So the honest reason for the royal family is the historical heritage and constitutional convention. With the current queen knowing her place and keeping her mouth shut and doing what she is told, this has never been a problem. But Charles has claimed he will be more outspoken, which might bring about a constitutional crisis, and we may well see the creation of the republic. In my eyes that would be a shame. Our system works well.