Writing this from London, I look around and reflect: In this land of the civilised and cultured, members of the royal family are referred to by mere first names by the public. Kate this, Kate that. William this, William that. I think her dress is terribly meh; how could he possibly consider polo matches the weekend his wife is supposed to give birth - these comments, made out in the open, could go on forever.
Royal families have always been objects of fascination for people from all over the world. Of course, it is partly because of the romanticised life of glitz and glam they may or may not lead, but surely it is also about how they inspire the people that they rule.
The royal family in Britain is so entrenched in everyday life and culture that a sizeable chunk of the British identity would be gone without these figures. The connection and presence they have in the lives of their subjects is fundamental to any successful reign and also extends to citizens of other nations, who are more than familiar with the happenings within the royal household.
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