The British royal family has changed many times through history, but their role today is still at the forefront of British culture. They are held up as models for civilized behavior and nobility, and they work extremely hard to properly reflect those cherished values. But these things do not come easy. In order to be what the world demands of them - and what they demand of themselves - the British royals are bound by innumerable rules and restrictions that govern how they live their lives.
Beyond the restrictions that royals face, people that engage with them are likewise enveloped by gossamer bonds of decorum. The result is a very particular, almost funny, little culture whose purpose is, paradoxically, to present a very un-funny public image of themselves. At the center of it all is the sovereign, the queen, who is at once completely dominated by these rules and yet simultaneously the beneficiary of many of them. It's good to be the queen - at least sometimes - and she has allowed her own peccadilloes and particularities shine through into the modern royal family, thus putting her own spin on the world she moves in.
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