Why pro-monarchy? The queen doesn't do anything. Why on earth do you think those idiots deserve a free ride?
In pure numbers the monarchy costs us less than a president would (which would be the obvious alternative) as they have their own money as well
People moan about paying for the royal residences, but since they're state owned we'll pay for them whether we have the royalty or a president.
Yeah lets not have stupid expenses but they're not that bad
I like having the monarchy, maybe it's from being an historian
but personally I like us having the royal family (even if some of them are daft)
They have a place and a job to do in society...how many other 88 year olds do you see putting in the hours and travelling she does? Yeah I know a lot of it's opening things and shaking hands but takes a lot of walking and energy from her.
The monarchy is the figurehead of Britain, and even if we were to replace her them then they would still be head of the Commonwealth.
Remember as well James that Queen Elizabeth and the royal family didn't bugger off out of London when the bombs hit, she helped, she has been in charge through difficult times and always gets landed the most difficult foreign guests/diplomats to deal with.
Where the future of the monarchy lies after Elizabeth II I don't know, however, she is one classy lady who has more dignity and more understanding of duty than most of the rest of us in the country put together.
Also, why shouldn't we have the royalty? Does our wonderful and modern society really have the intelligence and understanding to remove an institution that has been around for so many centuries??