July 24, 2013
Does Europe Need Monarchs?
On the same day that Princess Kate gave birth of a new heir to the throne of Great Britain, Belgium received into office a new king, Philippe I, following the abdication of his aging father. Do monarchies in Europe still serve any useful purpose? Yes, and although we Americans have an aversion to kings which dates back to our Revolutionary War, the modern history of European monarchs shows how these kings and queens can help preserve their nations. This showed up dramatically during the Second World War. The House of Windsor along with Churchill's soaring rhetoric was vital to British morale. Princess Elizabeth, later the current Queen Elizabeth, was trained as a driver and mechanic in the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service. In 1940, at the age of fourteen, when the prospects of British survival looked bleak, she told the nation: We are trying to do all we can to help our gallant sailors, soldiers and airmen, and we are trying, too, to bear our share of the...(Read Full Article)