The British Monarchy In Perspective
The announced pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge moved me to think, again, of the future of the British monarchy.
As it is, the British monarch is less than totally irrelevant. He, or she, mainly kisses children and opens kindergartens. There's nothing else, really. Not only can the Monarch not take any active part in the matters of government; to him it is not even allowed to express any political opinion whatsoever. The British Monarch might well be the only sovereign on the planet whose “speeches” in front of the Parliament are – have to – come from the Prime Minister, verbatim, and no off-the-cuff “improvements” either. It is, basically, required that he or she can read. That's it.
In short, the British monarchy is an investment in decoration for the sake of tradition, gossip, and tourism.
Why do I say this? Because this modern irrelevance had to conform to the times in order to survive at least as an irrelevance, and it now resembles an autumn leaf waiting for the inevitable, as the necessity to become like the world makes it even more redundant and superfluous than it already is. The irrelevance of the Crown is perfectly seen in the fact that in the now raging debate about Scotland's independence, the Monarchy which first represents the union between England and Scotland is nowhere to be seen as an argument, or an at least emotional element. The British monarchy is irrelevant not only politically and constitutionally, but in the minds of the Brits. It has become one of those old pieces of furniture that have always been there, no one really knows why.
The present Monarch is, God knows, decent enough; but a horse-faced wannabe Francis already looms in the not-so-distant future. If he is offered the Crown – important note for foreigners: there is no automatic succession on the throne. It's the Privy Council that sanctions the right of the next in line to actually take on the job, or decides to skip him altogether if he's unfit for the job – there is no saying what might happen, as a Proto-Muslim environmentalist half-loony might well decide that kissing children is not enough after all.
William appears, to all intents and purposes, far “kinglier” than his father; but he will very probably have to wait for his father to kick the bucket before he can try to give some dignity to the throne, and he might well never see the day.
In the meantime, everything could happen. Even today, there is no reason to believe a referendum for the abolition of the monarchy would see them survive it. The only hope of the Monarchy seems at the moment to rest on the strategy of being as reassuring, as irrelevant, and as unnoticed as possible, whilst happy photos of the Duke and Duchess keep the mob entertained. But let some big scandal happen – say: the refusal of a Monarch to assist to the funeral of her whoring daughter-in-law – and all bets are off. The Queen is expected to be as immoral as the rest of the Country, and woe to her she dares to give an example. The people will be enraged. Who on earth does she think she is, the Queen?
In time, we might have a King who also is.. a Queen. Or a trannie. Or a “lover” of dogs. We might have a monarch in a polyamory situation. We might have any or all of the modern “it's complicated” stupidities. Whilst none of this would necessarily damage the Crown – it could be argued a “gay queen” would be much loved by the mob as per today, and the newspapers would praise the “modernity” of the institution – it would fester that role as cheap entertainment and gossip reservoir, which has been its unofficial function for many decades now.
At some point, the people will simply decide that a monarch is not required anymore, because – say – a head of state is better elected in a TV competition show, or the wife/companion/significant other of the Prime Minister can do the same job, or the money is just wasted, or a Republic more modern.
As the newspapers theorise about the time for the newborn George to become king, I wonder if William will ever become one. I wonder, in fact, whether the time will come when the monarchy is abolished simply because most Brits don't even know it exists, much less care; unless, that is, the occasional slut or trannie reminds them of the fact.
The Monarchy does not represent anything anymore. Not the unity of the Kingdom, as the impending Scottish Independence Referendum shows. Not the main reference of a long-lost Empire. Not any moral stance, as showed by the fact that when they had to choose between their Queen and a slut, the Brits clearly choose the latter. Not the role as head of an already ridiculous “church”, as even sodomitical “marriages” can be approved by Parliament without the Monarch having the right to utter one single word. Not one thing. Not one.
Decorative gossip material and tourist attractions. This is the role of the British Monarchy as I speak. But a Country with same sex “marriages” has no need for tradition, or decency, much less religion. It has, simply, no need for a Monarch, unless it be for cheap entertainment.
An entertainment to which only Elizabeth still gives some dignity, gravitas, and sense of decency; but of which the people might become tired very fast when she has gone.