British Monarchy is Big Business. To Save it, William Must Be the Next CEO

Posted on July 5, 2011

The British royals call the monarchy “the firm.”  Increasingly that is exactly what it has become.  While all political power has been stripped from the Queen save a few duties, still the “office” is one of head of state for Britain and a portion of the Commonwealth.  That is a key position.  It represents continuity within its reserved place, sensitive information is often communicated through it and it has a profound impact on tourism and other areas of the economy.

The big wedding in April followed by the current block buster tour of Canada that the US the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have enjoyed have put the Monarchy on a new level of appreciation.  Interest in the Queen continues but there is negligible interest in Charles and Camilla.

Sadly, Charles insists on his right to rule.  He has waited a long time for his time on the throne and has recently spoken to the issue of Camilla and the crown.  He is pushing for her to be accepted as Queen.  But he may be pushing an envelope about to go over a cliff.  He carries too much baggage and like many CEOs of other large “firms,” he is retirement age.

Face it, this is the age of media and slick.  The older royals add little and have cost much [Andrew and Fergie].  It is widely regarded that after the death of Queen Elizabeth, the firm will have no more relevance and can be constitutionally removed as a fixture.  Increasingly, the royals rely on the government for part of their funding.  This amounts to leverage maintained by the government over her majesty.

Kate and William have the leverage of extreme popularity and have been the best ambassadors for Britain’s products and people since the Beatles.

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