By Emma Buchman
It appears to be a popular trend to dislike the British royal family. While the monarchs ruling the United Kingdom and its now scarce amount of colonies do not have very much political power anymore, they continue to be an important part of tradition and patriotism not only in the UK, but in the heart of this editor as well.
Everyone makes a fuss about the royals with every development in their lives. The media has probably lived in a state of constant satisfaction over the past few years with all of the monumental changes that the family has gone through: a marriage, a baby, and now another on the way. It is understandable why the media devotes so much time to the royals, they’re celebrities. As such the next time the queen picks up a cup of tea, it will become next week’s cover on your local tabloid.
However, many seem disenchanted with the idea that these people continue to be celebrities. As stated previously, the royal house in the UK has become decreasingly less influential in government decisions.
Yet they have all of the power they need. People love them and follow their lives because it almost feels like the royals are a part of their family. They give citizens throughout the world, British or otherwise, a precious link to a rich history that we would never have otherwise.
It has become my own tradition to follow them as well. In 2011 when William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, got married, I woke up at 4 am to watch the proceedings. The day that I had my wisdom teeth removed was the day that Prince George was born. (I remember hoping that I’d go into the procedure with no baby and come out with a baby, but you know how finicky newborns are).
Royal-watching also gives me a way of relating to my own family. My mom and I, for example, love to talk about how things have changed over multiple generations. We reflect on the parallelisms between my generation of royals (William and Kate) and my mom’s (William’s parents, Charles and Diana). It gives us a way of connecting to each other and sharing experiences in our lives. The royal family gives us memories. Also, it makes it easier to keep track of dates, (Seriously, my parents orient their dates around when Diana died.)
The Royal family may not be the dynastic power that they were in the 17th century, but they allow people some connection to a past full of precedent and tradition. They continue to be an inspiration to Britain, its people, and romantics like me.