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Well many would argue the royal family generate much more revenue than they cost..

I think it (the whole dringking issue) is a "culture" problem rather than trying to pin an age on it - And these days they mix alcohol with stuff that was not even thought of when I was 20..
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You have the royal family and they get paid to do what exactly?
The majority of the income paid to the royals is from lease-holds (read: rent) paid on property they "own." There are operating expenses for b-ham, and various other facilities, but that is not really "pay" as those same facilities would get supported by the national trust anyway...

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Re: Drinking license proposed for 18 year olds.

BBC NEWS | UK | The Royal Accounts 2002

Who paid to repair the fire damage?
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All tourist attractions cost money to maintain, I don't know the facts but I would bet they are cash flow postive to the British economy.
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Income is different than insurance, repair, maintenance, etc...The only "pay" the royals get is income...From land-holdings...The rest are monies that get spent anyway...And, if one was to add up the cost of "public" housing for the destitute, the subsidies paid for the british poor to live for free dwarf the monies used to repair the various state-holdings that are commonly misconstrued to be royal grounds...Frankly, the royal family can do things and say things, both wiithin the 6-nations and internationally, that the PM or Parl. can't do/say for soft political reasons. Economically, socially, and politically, the royals only benefit the United Kingdom.

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I thought it might be a good idea to split this thread
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The royals wanted the British taxpayers to foot the bill for the fire. The palaces could make (more) money without people living in them. I have also heard the figure that is cost 37.3 million for the royals last year.

Now the main reason why I brought the Royal family up was that when our laws were called into question and being behind the times, I would definitely consider having royalty behind the times.
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Re: The British Royal Family

And some people say you dont vote for the king/queen...
Australia did - we had a vote to decide if we were to keep the queen or become a republic and we kept the queen (although most were probably anti the proposed model for selecting the president)

It might seem behind the times - but I think its cool having a Queen. Especially when some other country pays to look after her!

Love live Liz, Queen of Australia.

Oh and we have an aussie as a princess in Denmark
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And some people say you dont vote for the king/queen...
Australia did - we had a vote to decide if we were to keep the queen or become a republic and we kept the queen (although most were probably anti the proposed model for selecting the president)

It might seem behind the times - but I think its cool having a Queen. Especially when some other country pays to look after her!

Love live Liz, Queen of Australia.

Oh and we have an aussie as a princess in Denmark
I think the idea of royalty, not according to the divine right of kings or anything, but perhaps as an elected official with some power or as a powerless vestige of history, is just grand...I can trace my family directly back to Munich, Germany, to Ireland, to Spain, to the Carpathian Mountains, and to England; and I love the idea that some of my "homelands" are or were monarchies...God save the Queen!

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perhaps as an elected official with some power or as a powerless vestige of history, is just grand.
The Queen of England has very little power. What power she does have she doesnt use. It is pretty much a ceremonial position.
The elected government (and the prime minister that is chosen by the govt) runs the country.


The Queen is "head of state" - not "the person in charge"
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The Queen is "head of state" - not "the person in charge"

Not unlike George Bush's position then .....................
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But the Queen has a "different" global image to Bush.
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The Queen of England has very little power. What power she does have she doesnt use. It is pretty much a ceremonial position.
The elected government (and the prime minister that is chosen by the govt) runs the country.


The Queen is "head of state" - not "the person in charge"
Please refer back to my post, and see the disjunctive "or" between "elected official" and "powerless vestige of history." THE Queen would be the latter, I know; but thanks for the lesson.

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Please refer back to my post, and see the disjunctive "or" between "elected official" and "powerless vestige of history." THE Queen would be the latter, I know; but thanks for the lesson.
Sorry - its wasnt clear if you were referring to Liz in the case of "is just grand"
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