Do we still need Roy­als?

Manchester Evening News - - LETTERS, COMMENTS AND EMAILS -

THE present cri­sis in the Royal Fam­ily begs the ques­tion: “Do we still need one?” and if so: “What is its rel­e­vance in the 21st cen­tury?”

If ever an in­sti­tu­tion was crying out for mod­ernising it is this one.

I am, I sup­pose, a soft repub­li­can but could ac­cept a fu­ture monar­chy, if that’s what the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple in the United King­dom want – but only if it was pre­pared to change!

No one could doubt or fault the Queen’s com­mit­ment and sense of duty. Af­ter the Sec­ond World War she was a steady­ing in­flu­ence on the coun­try, which was get­ting back on its feet, and for many of the tur­bu­lent decades that fol­lowed.

This stead­fast­ness and con­sis­tency which once had a pos­i­tive ef­fect now has the op­po­site ef­fect of keep­ing us in the past.

Do we need so much pomp and cer­e­mony? Does the Queen and her fam­ily need so many palaces, cas­tles etc? Is it nec­es­sary to have so many rel­a­tives in­cluded in it?

I be­lieve the Civil List needs to down­size and be more of a fam­ily than an in­sti­tu­tion.

When Prince Charles be­comes king will things change? Prob­a­bly a lit­tle, but not in the way it needs to change for the 21st cen­tury.

Charles has been wait­ing in the wings for too long... he is of the old school and past re­tire­ment age him­self! He has been loyal and un­der­stand­ably in­flu­enced by his mother and no doubt moulded in her ways.

As I see it, when the time comes for us to have a new monarch then Prince Wil­liam should leapfrog Charles and be­come king.

To re­main vi­able most Euro­pean monar­chies have slimmed down, cut their up­keep and re­duced the pomp and cer­e­mony. We need to fol­low their ex­am­ple.

Hope­fully Wil­liam would un­der­stand that and his role would be to help all the peo­ple in the coun­try, es­pe­cially those who are least able to help them­selves, and to use his enor­mous in­flu­ence to bring about more equal­ity for the poor­est in our so­ci­ety, with­out be­com­ing po­lit­i­cal.

It is un­der­stand­able that the Queen would want to stay on the throne for two more years to reach her Plat­inum Ju­bilee... she would then be 96! That would be the per­fect time to pass the crown on to her grand­son Wil­liam.

Colin Mor­ri­son, White­field

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