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Not sure what to say: the CBC has an entire section on the royal wedding looking at it from every possible angle.
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I’d say that it’s time we get rid of autocratic symbolism?
The CBC’s been broadcasting Coronation Street since dinosaurs roamed the earth, indicating there’s still a Britophile element to Canadian society. Funny that I’ve never met even one of ‘em though.
The term is ‘anglophile.’
And most of us who are proud to be in a constitutional monarchy are pretty quiet about it.
We also realize that the Head of State — be it a President, a King or a Queen — is just a symbol that in the best governments does not have a lot of power over day-to-day functions of the state.
Re. Coronation Street: Some family friends of ours from England were over here this past summer and when my mother (who likes C. S.) asked how far behind we are here with the episodes and the reply didn’t really stun me. She (friend) said; “Wow, you actually watch that show? Are you telling me there are people who STILL watch the show??”
Coming from the west coast, I can tell you that there are a lot more anglophiles out there than here. Probably has to do with immigration patterns. A lot of my friends’ parents had British accents of one kind or another. Most of my family over there still takes tea around 4:00. When my dad was a kid the biggest deal was when the Queen came to Victoria. I know several royal watchers of my own generation who got into it as teenagers (while also being punk rockers or whatever).
And considering they are politically neutered, why get rid of the symbolism they bring to the table? They represent a rich history, full of lessons both positive and negative.
BBC World Service’s excellent documentary archive podcast has a recent piece with arguments against monarchy from a Swedish perspective; next week they promise the counter-argument, not sure from who. An interesting point made by one of the Swedish republicans is that royalty has power specifically because they’re outside defined political power, but they use the power of influence.
The British Crown is a pillar of Western Civilization. Canada is privileged by her intimate association with it. Elizabeth II has performed at the highest level. We must hope that her heirs live up to her example.
I wish u both the best in life love each other and don’t let media stand in your way
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