By Jake Tudge
The recent Diamond Jubilee celebrations have left many of us questioning whether there are still advantages in having a Monarchy.
Many also question what exactly the Monarchies role is in today’s society.
HM Queen Elizabeth II acts as the figurehead for the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth as well as being an ambassador for our great nation and a monarch we can be proud of.
It is of great significance that our Queen is politically neutral and HRH has immense power to form and dissolve governments; this is significant as HRH has reigning power over the nation.
HM Queen Elizabeth II is the embodiment of the nation and is essential to ensure strong links with countries around the world.
As head of state HRH function is to lead the nation forward and without HRH we would struggle to maintain such established relationships. Surely without our Queen our position of being a world leader would diminish?
As well as representing the nation, HRH is Head of the Armed Forces, which means HRH is the only person who can declare war (with advice from Government first), and she is also Head of the Church of England, which means HRH appoints archbishops and bishops on the advice of the Prime Minister.
The recent Diamond Jubilee celebrations give a powerful reminder to all in our nation and the Commonwealth, that HM Queen Elizabeth II is as strong as ever and that the Monarchy will continue to move forward.
For a Monarch to have reigned for sixty years is a colossal achievement; HRH has seen many Prime Ministers and Presidents through their positions and will continue to advise the state on how to proceed.
People will continue to come to this country to see our Monarchy in action and the economic benefits of the Monarchy are vast; from robust foreign relationships, to increased tourism, HRH will continue to sustain benefits for our nation.
It is really of my personal belief, and many others, that the Monarchy is essential for the smooth running of the nation and a credit to the people they represent.
HM Queen Elizabeth II has volunteered the majority of her life to this nation and we should all be truly thankful.
The Monarchy itself appears to be moving in the correct direction; with the celebrations last year of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, we’ve seen youthful energy enter the Monarchy, which will no doubt bring new ideas.
So, don’t just feel patriotic and proud during Royal celebrations; wave your Union Flag anytime with real pride!
Let us know your views. Do you agree? Or is it time to move to a Republic?