Friday, 1 June 2012
You would have to be the most extreme republican to believe abolishing the British monarchy would be worth the constitutional turmoil, time, and money.
The public holds politicians in low esteem and a titular president would be no different.
Prince Charles, heir to the throne, however, will never be viewed with the same affection as his mother. Indifference is the best he can hope for. His shabby treatment of Princess Diana made that certain.
William and Kate have a chance and they are off to a good start but it is early days.
For most of us the Queen has always been there providing constancy in a fast-changing world. At times the wayward actions of her children have reminded us the Royal family owe their privileged lives to accidents of birth.
But the Queen herself has remained the model of service and dedication to her people. So in the words of the National Anthem,
"God save our gracious Queen
Long live our noble Queen
God save the Queen"