- May 28, 2003
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The current British monarchy have this as a problem.I have always thought we should swap them around a bit with other Royalty of the World.
At the very least, it will solve the inbreeding problems.
Traditionalists in "The Firm" are incredibly picky when it comes to the breeding stock. In the old days, royalty would breed with royalty to cement alliances, prevent in-breeding, and to ensure that the potential 'mate' would have prior training at being, well, royal.
The issue is that nowadays, there aren't that many secure royal families. Those that do exist are either reluctant to appear retrogressive (after all, the British monarchy could be held as a benchmark for tradition versus modernisation) or they are not 'of suitable type' i.e. too foreign. Could you imagine how the the Establishment, even the flag-waving Blue-rinse brigade would react to an Asian princess?
I've not actually done it but it might be interesting to get a list of current monarchs from around the world and see which nationality would be acceptable to the die-hard British monarchists.
The only other solution they have is to marry long-established noble lineage young ladies. Like Diana Spencer*. Er. Well that went well. Again suitability is limited as there's plenty of landowning nouveau riche, with the property and wealth boxes ticked but no lineage.
The absolute insistence of traditions, the blind concept of superiority has painted the Royals into a genetic corner. Even if someone senior said "Look, chaps, we've got to face facts and lower our standards if only we don't want the inbreeding to start showing." then if not the family, but their lackeys would be horrified! And this horror would filter down into government, into the media, and ultimately the people who prop them up.
* As suggested above, I believe there are certain 'conventions' i.e. superstitions concerning the 'coronation name' which are based in history. Not sure if Charles is verboten or Arthur (though it'd be a brave King who would suggest this, considering the implication).
It is interesting to note that there were mutterings before/during the Prince Charles "courtship" of Diana that her name - Spencer - might be linked too closely to the Despensers of Edward II's ill-fame. When she died, these mutterings increased to speculation that she'd been cursed because of her ancestors. Not sure of the true foundations of these speculations but it's certainly interesting to consider.