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The Royal Family is considered a pillar in the British cultural and political landscape. The country tunes in for their weddings, places bets on their baby names and earnestly discusses their wardrobe choices. However, polling shows that many people have a critical view of the royals and do not support the way they operate – for example their secrecy or tax-avoidance – or the public money that's spent on them. Given the monarchy's diminished role in politics, is it time to get rid of the royals? Or do they still serve a purpose in modern society?

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The monarchy is a valuable part of British public life.
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The monarchy has cultural value that is worthwhile

Despite being outdated or undemocratic, there is room for it today because it is an important part of our cultural history in Britain and these things are important to preserve
Cultural History

Context

The monarchy has cultural value that extends beyond its capacity to attract tourists to the U.K. The monarchy symbolizes Britain's history and continuity.

The Argument

The British monarchy represents the nation’s history and continuity. Kings and queens have ruled in Britain since the 10th century. The monarchy has adapted throughout the years[1] and remains a strong, cultural force to this day. The tradition and meaning of the monarchy make it a necessary figurehead of what it means to be British in today’s hectic political environment.[2] The monarchy’s history and cultural value can inspire pride and loyalty in British citizens. Queen Elizabeth II is widely loved, not just in Britain but across the world. Furthermore, members of the royal family are often more popular than politicians.[3] The monarchy remains a symbol of what it means to be British. [4] Abolishing the monarchy would rid the United Kingdom of an important cultural, historical unifier.

Counter arguments

Britain will retain any cultural value without a monarchy.

Proponents

Premises

[P1] The monarchy is deeply embedded in British history and culture. [P2] A country should retain and remember its past. [P3] Abolishing the monarchy would rid Britain an important part of its history and culture. [P4] Britain should not abolish the monarchy.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] A country should remember its past, but holding on to the past is unnecessary and can hold back a progressing country. [Rejecting P3] British culture is made up of more than its monarchy.

References

  1. https://www.historyextra.com/period/20th-century/retaining-the-royals-why-has-the-british-monarchy-survived-and-thrived/
  2. https://thediplomat.com/2014/06/why-monarchies-are-still-relevant-and-useful-in-the-21st-century/
  3. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/opinion/monarchies-more-useful-than-you-think.html).
  4. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/06/world/europe/monarchy-us-advantage.html

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