This blog has been long coming (sorry about that life kind of got complex and messy) and has been inspired by a tweet by Greg Jenner it said: “What could be more bizarre than Prince Charles reading the weather? Apart from the institution of monarchy in the first place.” Well this is my response to that tweet in defence of why monarchy is a perfectly natural and non bizarre institution that we should be proud of and celebrate. Of course I don’t think that Greg was necessary anti monarchy, but I do think that he is wrong about it being Bizarre. (The House of Lords now that’s a bizarre idea of an institution!)
The way I see it is that all institutions need leaders to govern. Our monarchy is an evolution that is spectator that went from individual kingdoms and tribes ruled by chiefs and kings to eventually being a Untied Kingdom of England, then England and Wales until eventually a untied in spirit then in legislation to be the United Kingdom.
Through this evolution, the role of the monarch has gone from king judge leader ruler to figure head. This in my opinion does not mean that in the 21st century that the institution is surplus to requirement or antiquated. The demands on the royals for their time for good causes and opening new libraries is part of Britishiness just like Fish and Chips, men with socks and sandals and Pimms and strawberries at Wimbledon. The love of the younger Royals I feel will evolve the monarchy further in my life time and after the queen has gone to the big castle in the sky.
So this year on the 5th June I shall be celebrating 60 years of Her Majesty’s reign and hope that it is an institution that lasts for many generations after me.