I agree with the original posting. The royal family is an enduring part of our nation and culture. Britain will have it's republic? The whole idea is repulsive to me - nothing strong and endearing to connect us to the past, but rather the slate wiped clean after every new president. I hate the idea. Now, they have sought to end the rights of the heridatory peerage - all part of this "new Britannia" - more like an excuse to pander to those who want to turn our homeland into something it's not. Britain is a monarchy - it always has been in our 3 thousand year history, and may it remain so until armageddon.