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MGM·Lion Queen's 90th (114* d) RE: Queen's 90th 12 Jun 16

It's the system we happen to have. Other countries have had similar ones and got rid of them; or tried doing without & going back [including us, 1641-60]; others have modified it to fit their ambiences, like Scandi countries [& indeed have we too, to an extent]. But none has devised a system which doesn't involve some sort of figurehead; and it is arguable that the chief administrator and the figurehead being different people works generally better than their being embodied in the same person, as in many admins.

I am always accused, when involving myself in this sort of thread, of being a 'royalist' or 'monarchist' or some such. To which I rejoin that I am rather an 'if-ain't-broke-don't-fixit·ist'. It's what we've got; why not just live with it? You don't even have to bow or curtsey if you don't want; it's traditionally regarded as a courtesy, but no-one would shoot you if you didn't. And whoever said above that she would never curtsey to anyone -- what; not even if she was performing in a play or concert and acknowledging the audience's applause at the end? -- another traditionally expected courtesy.


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