Blimey, I didn't expect to see so many posts. There are some very strong feelings flying about here - and everyone's entitled to theirs, so thanks everyone for posting.
Personally I've got mixed feelings about the British royal family. On the one hand, I see them as the privileged rich, cut off from the reality of normal people's lives. I don't believe that they should be worshipped above others, and I think Monarchy as a form of government is as flawed as any alternative and best left behind in our dark history.
On the other hand, the royals keep alive a roaring trade for us in tourism. They do a hell of a lot for charities and many, like Prince Andrew (who I was referring to in my initial post), have seen proper combat alongside the common man (The Falklands *) - giving him at least the right to wear a pilot's togs. :wink:
Mostly, I see it like this: A politician chooses to have power, for whatever motive - but a royal is unable to choose. They are born. Whatever they might turn out like, they didn't ask for any of it. How can I hate someone just for being born?
* Prince Andrew was appointed a Midshipman 1 September 1979 in the Royal Navy.
After passing out of Dartmouth, he went on to elementary flying training with the Royal Air Force at RAF Leeming, Yorkshire, and later basic flying training with the Royal Navy at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose, Cornwall, where he learned to fly the Gazelle helicopter.
He later converted onto the Sea King helicopter. In 1982, he joined his first front-line unit 820 Naval Air Squadron, serving aboard the aircraft carrier, HMS Invincible.
The Falklands War (1982)
Throughout the conflict Prince Andrew flew on various missions, including Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-Surface Warfare search (ASUW), as well as acting as an Exocet missile decoy, helping in casualty evacuation, transport and Search and Air Rescue (SAR).
Prince Andrew (right) The Falklands
How about calling him Dickhead, cos that just about sums up all of those princes
(This is possibly the worse advice I've ever been given) **
In the case of Prince Andrew - I'd rather call him 'sir' And it really has nothing to do with him being a Prince.
[Thanks Phoenix32890, I did think Sir would do - but wanted to be sure]
And no - I haven't been summoned.
** actually that's not true. There was that thing in 1999!