The front-page article "Britons Debate Monarchs' Role in Church and State," Jan. 27, emphasizes the trivial position of the monarch in modern British government. Despite the apparent insignificance, the crown contributes to Britain a unifying element that stabilizes the nation.
The queen acts as a living symbol of Britain and the Commonwealth. Similar to a nation's flag or national anthem, the queen evokes patriotism and unity throughout her popularity. Because of her experience, she can also become a resource concerning past legislative and executive decisions for the prime minister. Some reform may be necessary since Prince Charles has proven himself unfit for this royal position; yet the role of the crown itself remains vital.
A further upsetting of constitutional conventions might lead to a complete bottoming-out of current British government. "God save the queen" and let the pomp and circumstance of unity and stability continue. Brad Mortensen, Rexburg, Idaho
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