Is the British Monarchy Irrelevant?

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Is the British Monarchy Irrelevant?
Some insist that the British monarchy has been irrelevant since the death of Victoria. However, the monarchy should not be treated so shabbily by its critics. While it is expensive to maintain, it does serve as a symbol of continuity, tradition and heritage; it is also a means by which the public loyalty can be vested in a wholly harmless institution with no meaningful power rather than having the public loyalty vested exclusively in charismatic prime ministers who may use their popular appeal and the magnetism of their personalities to diminish the rights of the people. The Monarchy can easily be cast as irrelevant, but that is not entirely accurate: its symbolism inspires, galvanizes, educates and...
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