November 17th, 2010
04:52 PM GMT
Britain's Prince William asked his girlfriend Kate Middleton to marry him
The role of royalty in a democratic age. Unelected, some believe unnecessary. But still loved, and revered by so many others.
The role of royalty in an austere age. Outdated and expensive, some critics might say. But for many the source of a welcome good news story. This week’s events in the UK are testament to that.
Royalty divides opinion. A select few born into a life of privilege. A life steeped in tradition, tangled up with history, national pride, rarely affording the chance of a “normal life”.
There’s no doubt the world’s monarchies are never out of the spotlight, and we lap it up. And it’s always been that way. Think of the age-old legends, the royals with blue blood, the princess so delicate she can feel a pea through 20 mattresses, the bleak Russian rumors of the missing Romanov sisters. Our fascination with the royals is as old as the sprawling dynasties themselves.
This week’s Q+A will be delving into this global obsession. Tune in Thursday to watch and leave us ideas for next week’s Q & A in the comments section (right underneath here).