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British royal family - Pointless?

This link seems to describe pretty much all that the British royal family do: 
https://www.businessinsider.com.au/what-does-the-royal-family-do-2017-1?r=US&IR=T

It seems to me that besides attracting tourists, they're pretty much nothing more than a tradition.  They make 'appearances' at events, but that just sounds like a load of pointless B.S. to me if I'm honest.  Do you think there's any reason to keep following this tradition in England (and other similar countries)?

I suppose this question could lead into the question of; Does tradition hold any value in and of itself?
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I would be curious as to what those who live there think. For me I think they are more of a tourist attraction and a tradition. I don't know what will happen when Queen Elizabeth dies, if they plan on continuing that tradition or not but then I don't live there so I truly don't know what purpose they serve.

Quantumhead(850) Clarified
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I would be curious as to what those who live there think. For me I think they are more of a tourist attraction and a tradition. I don't know what will happen when Queen Elizabeth dies, if they plan on continuing that tradition or not but then I don't live there so I truly don't know what purpose they serve.

I live there. The Royal Family is very much played down as just a tourist attraction, but they still have quite a considerable amount of power. One example is Diego Garcia. John Pilger wrote a good chapter on Diego Garcia in Freedom Next Time. It is one of the old British colony islands, and until the 1960s it was inhabited. The British government decided it wanted to give the island to the Americans for use as a military base, so it essentially conned the natives off the island. A number of them fought through the courts for decades and eventually received a high court ruling that they could go back to their homes. This is when the Queen stepped in. Unknown to many in Britain, the Queen has the arbitrary power to overturn any court in the land and she doesn't even need to provide a reason.

It is true that the Royal Family do not have a tremendous amount of liquid capital, but what they do have is legal power and land. The estates of the Royal Family alone make them one of the richest families in the country.

Mint_tea(2531) Clarified
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That's interesting, thank you for your insight. I would imagine the estates and all of the paraphernalia sold using her likeness would bring a fairly large income to that country.

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"Unknown to many in Britain, the Queen has the arbitrary power to overturn any court in the land and she doesn't even need to provide a reason."

This is interesting. It doesn't seem fair to me that someone is born into a roll where they have that power. Do you think the queen (or king) should be stripped of that ability?

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Hello Mack:

If our monuments represent our culture, then the queen represents theirs.. They like her. She doesn't cost much money, and she can't DO anything... There's no harm in keeping her around.

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Fair enough..................................................................

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True.

UNLESS, alien conquerers descend to the earth and say they will destroy us all... unless they can eat the skin of the leader of every nation. Then we'll be super glad to have the Queen and the Trump on hand to shove into the UFO tube.

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Pretty much. It's all for show nowadays. Even if she does hold power, she rarely uses it. Also, you should not have power just because you're from a certain family. You should be voted in.