There's an accepted reverence surrounding The Queen of England. Her picture has been on money and stamps since our parents were born, we see black and white footage of her coronation as symbolic of England's war victory and our historic constitution- everyone alive in England today has grown up with her familiar presence
So, even though we recognise footballers singing 'god save the queen' before a match as archaic, there's still a degree of acceptance of it, because, after all, she's The Queen.
But when she dies, it would seem to me that the whole notion of a royal family is exposed as being fairly ridiculous, and not dissimilar to the 'cult of personality' that North Korea has, except, well, no-one ever gave a shit about Prince Charles
Can you imagine his face on money? Can you imagine singing 'God Save The King' with a straight face knowing you are referring to a guy who most people have very little regard for, if he enters their consciousness at all
I just can't imagine anyone taking his coronation seriously, and it would seem like the whole thing would just die - I mean, There must have been hundreds more references to Lily Allen than Prince Charles if you had a corpus of last years newspapers.
what do you think?