First, I must say that even though I am a British citizen I have lived in Norway most of my life. In Norway, the royal family is - with a few exceptions - not as melodramatic as the British royal family. In a sense they have followed Elizabeth's philosophy, without appearing as elevated and apart from normal people as she did at times. In some ways, the British and the Norwegian royal family are opposites. Still, even if I have nothing against the Norwegian royal family - and I do think that king Harald has done a very good job - I am not a monarchist. The reason for this is that I think that the system is too dependent on people like him. We can't expect this to work in the long run. However, the royal family is very popular in Norway, and as long as a majority of people want it, the monarchy will remain. But if it were to vanish, I do not think Norway would change that much.
Now to my point. Britain has built their image on queens like Elizabeth the first and Victoria, the royal family is a the center of British history and much of the literature in every sense. So, what do you think? If the monarchy were to be replaced by some other system, whatever that might be (not important in this context) will the UK still BE the UK? Will you still feel British?
This is a question from a curious outsider, a distant student of British history, not really a critique.