I just read an article in The Times about HM the Queen, who attended, quite without fuss, a West End play, strictly in a private capacity. What appalls me is that some people think it is a waste of time to report this at all. ("Who cares?" wrote one, though, for the life of me, I don't know why he bothered) I don't. It shows that the Royals take an interest in culture and do not in fact, think the world smells of fresh paint.
The Monarchy no longer rules this country but takes an interest in its Government. It costs next to nothing to run and reaps the benefits of being a major tourist attraction. The Monarchy is also a living example of a nation that was once great enough to rule the waves. Attempts at getting rid of it strike me as historical revisionism at its worst.
It is impossible to attribute malign intent to Her Majesty. As far as I know, her life has been spent in service to the nation and the Commonwealth. Her advisors appear to be a lot less partisan or silly than the Government when it comes to handing out honours. Her properties belong to the nation - she can hardly flog them to an Arab, and so to all intents and purposes she is a tenant.
The Port of Leith is now a regenerated bit of Edinburgh, popular with the beautiful people, and now the home of the former Royal Yacht, Britannia. The Yacht was there first, and everything sprung up around it. It is massively popular as a visitor attraction. In it's day it was the height of luxury, though, seeing it now, it is somewhat faded, and by Oligarch standards, distinctly pokey. But it stands as an importan artifact of the Colonial period which some are so keen to sweep under the carpet.
The Royal Family does not run the country. It does, however, remind us of who we once were. And for that, I believe they should remain.