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November 17, 2010
Posted: 1652 GMT
Britain's Prince William asked his girlfriend Kate Middleton to marry him

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 Outdated and expensive, some critics might say.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).

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Dennis Volemi   November 17th, 2010 6:41 pm ET

Interesting subject Richard, am in the UK on business and i could not understand the un-imaginable focus on the royals, especially with the announcement of the engagement. I just wonder for how long this will remain the case and what will ever overrule this celebrity status this royals are given, now that clearly democracy has failed! What is their role anyway in a modern UK?

Valentinas   November 17th, 2010 8:20 pm ET

I am suggesting the next week's topic to be "University Tuitions and Student Loans".
There is a huge difference all around the world with the costs of studies. In US, Great Britain (even Scotland has its own different policy), Lithuania and all other countries students have to pay different kind of tuition and other fees. Also, what kind of influence student loans have? In Great Britain student loans are without interest, in US, however, the interest rates are quite high, and there are practically no loans for international students.
Moreover, is it coming to the end of 3000 GBP tuition of bachelors degree in Great Britain?
Overal. What kind of influence does the tuition and student loans have on country's culture, economy, welfare?

Amir   November 18th, 2010 4:45 am ET

Royals used to lead humanity in the past.

Those royals that are still here, should take the lead again and use the attention they get to promote global issues that concern all humanity (hunger, environment, peace, etc).

Either use the spot light for the better of humanity and social harmony, or step out of the spot light.

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