Today we celebrate God’s chosen couple. They are better than you. They are richer than you. They are more privileged. You should bow down to them. And they continue a tradition of a rigidly class-based society in which you know your class and you do not dare attempt to think otherwise. Yes, I am talking about the Windsors [formerly known by their real name the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha until King George V Anglicized their name by decree in 1917 so it didn’t sound German], and the ridiculous wedding hoopla that is currently surrounding one who did nothing to earn his place in life except be born in 1982.
According to the official website of the British Monarchy [http://www.royal.gov.uk], in 2010, the Queen spent £38.2 million [US$63 million] which excludes the considerable costs of Police and Army security and of any other Armed ceremonial guard [which has been estimated to be another £100 million or US$165 million]. Given that the gross receipts of the Royal Crown are in excess of £230 million, it appears that the cost to the British is minimal; save what the worth of the royal lands would be should they be used in other ways. The Monarchy claims that it only costs every British citizen 62 pence last year. I’m not totally convinced, but let’s move on.
Costs aside, why, just because someone was born into a particular family, should they be hailed as being privileged? Why should the following members of the “royal” family get paid the following for nothing? For example, look at the following sample salaries:
The Duke of York – £249,000/US$410,000 per year
The Earl of Wessex – £141,000/US$232,000 per year
The Princess Royal – £228,000/US$375,000 per year
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester – £175,000/US$288,000 per year
The Duke and Duchess of Kent – £236,000/US$388,000 per year
Princess Alexandra – £225,000/US$370,000 per year
Who the hell is Princess Alexandra anyway? Let’s see, Princess Alexandra a.k.a. the Honorable Lady Ogilvy, is the youngest granddaughter of King George V and the cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. That’s it. For that, she earns approximately $400,000 a year. She is to be referred to as “royal highness.” This, during a period when deep austerity cuts are in process and a report published by the House of Commons indicates that women stand to bear the burden of 72 percent of the government’s cuts. She gets this salary because she is one of God’s chosen couple. She is better than you. She is richer than you. She is more privileged. You should bow down to her.
In case you are curious, for many centuries the royals presided over serfdom:
A condition of bondage or modified slavery… [which] included the forced labor of serfs bound to a hereditary plot of land owned by a lord in return for protection and the right to work on fields they leased from their landlords to maintain their own subsistence. Serfdom involved not only work in owner’s fields, but his mines, forests and roads.
The British Monarchy bears this legacy.
Even more disturbing, if one buys into the Monarchy, one buys into the Divine Right of Kings. Have you heard of it? If not, here it is:
The divine right of kings is a political and religious doctrine of royal and political legitimacy. It asserts that a monarch is subject to no earthly authority, deriving his right to rule directly from the will of God. The king is thus not subject to the will of his people, the aristocracy, or any other estate of the realm, including (in the view of some, especially in Protestant countries) the Church. According to this doctrine, since only God can judge an unjust king, the king can do no wrong. The doctrine implies that any attempt to depose the king or to restrict his powers runs contrary to the will of God and may constitute a sacrilegious act. [Thanks Wiki.]
It is all disgusting. So, when the tears come to your eyes because you are so overcome by emotion when you see the Royal Carriage or Kate’s gown, remember that you are celebrating God’s chosen couple. They are better than you. They are richer than you. They are more privileged. You should bow down to them. Go ahead, do it.