This friday, the 14th of may 2004, the danish crown prince Frederik will marry tasmanian Mary. It is a giant media-event, and every magazine is plastered with more or less pointless images of the couple.
While I wish the couple a good future, I think there is something fundamentally wrong with royalty.
The fact that someone is born to be royal… i.e. born to be “better” than the rest of the nation, is a form of “macro-scale racism”. It boggles me that this rule can still exists in a modern day society. The monarchy is an archaic left-over from the dark ages. It serves no purpose, other than perhaps to entertain the masses. The monarch, currently the queen, has little or no power.
So what harm is done?
Well, just to mention one thing – the price tag on the royal wedding. Various media reports that the price cashes in at between 140 and 150 million kronor (appx. 24 million USD). This is paid by the tax payers.
Up until knowing of this pricetag, I was pretty much indifferent to our monarchy. Being educated in print and advertisement, I acknowledged that our royal family helped advertise our small country to the world. I was of the belief, that the amount of money paid through taxes, was returned through revenue from increased tourism, industry etc. With such a situation, I could look past my idealistic views that all are created equal, and see a thriving business. And after all, it was pretty harmless.
But with a price tag of 150 million kronor and huge annual paychecks to all of the royal family, I cannot possibly believe that such an equation is balanced by sheer advertisement income.
The annual amount spent on our monarchy (an amount I dare not even guesstimate), could be spent so much better. Welfare, education, the building of low-income housing, just to mention a few.
But no. We’re keeping our fairytale. The small kingdom up north, with the prince that was born to be, and the princess that engaged royally. We will be following it on TV, read about it in magazines, talk about it, and dream how it would be, had we the genes and last-name “Rex”.
But honestly, is it really worth the price-tag?
I think not.