I've recently been introduced to a British exchange student at my uni and it didn't take long for Brexit (and all that jazz) to come up and ruin the atmosphere! Some non-Brits of our dorm (myself included) tried to veer off the topic by saying how cool we think the monarchy is and how great its doing... But not the Brit!!! He said that any future sovereign will have a tough time stepping out of the shadow of the current Queen therefore he/she should abdicate so not to embarras the monarchy further. I personally think that its a terrible idea and would hate to realize that most young Brits shouldn't feel it with me. Is there really such a dycotomy in the way the young/old generations in Britain perceive the monarchy?! Please clarify.
The queen has had the British throne since 1952, a time when several countries were still British colonies. Without the queen, those countries may see the British monarchy very much differently. Some might say the queen's death will destroy Britain, not brexit
Most I know don't care enough about the monarchy to have it abolished.
Well Charles isnt exactly radiating charisma, people from other countries care more about the monarchy than British people do because they have some weird quaint view of it
I think the change of time is the big factor here - HMt Queen started off in an era where the commonwealth countries still looked up at Britain as an important gameplayer, national service was still active (until 1960) and added a drive for being nationalistic, and it was even common to have a portrait of the monarch in the average household. She has been granted a lot of continued respect that still exists today due to the previous era(s). However, I do think she is a fairly decent focus point for the population, eg compared to current/previous political figures.
So the continued respect for her is going to disappear for the next monarch due to the huge change of timeperiod and future potentials likely won't be seen as a figure worthy of high respect/focus point due to their current images, which is just going to give space for the problems about monarchy in general to rise up more...
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The monarchy will always be relevant (or I hope it does), the young are still interested in the monarchy, they are a figurehead for the British people
Take your republican ideas and kindly ship them over to France
Personally, I think Britain should keep the monarchy because I think a parliamentary monarchy is a good political system.
It means we have a national figurehead & head of state who is completely apolitical and non-divisive, and isn't instated through bitterly-fought elections.