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Old 01-03-2015, 09:01 AM
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I'm in the middle then :-D I like following royalty because it's something I've always felt attracted to... But they are flawed human beings like everyone else and thus they shouldn't be worshipped or excused for everything...
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Old 01-03-2015, 09:32 AM
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There are a variety of reasons people are interested in royalty. For me, I've always had a fascination with royalty as they don't live the same lifestyle as you're average person. I didn't know until I was in my 20's that I had royal blood (I used to think it would be interesting if I did) and this made the interest more intense.
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Old 01-03-2015, 06:26 PM
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To me it's a natural part of my passion for history. The royals are so intertwined with the history of my country that you cannot ignore them.
It's also a part to learn about traditions and ways to do things, because they are mostly based in something practical.

And through that interest came a natural interest for other royals in their roles in the history of their countries.
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Old 01-03-2015, 07:48 PM
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I follow the royals as a social observation. I'm an only child with no cousins, so large family dynamics have always been a curiosity to me. I'd rather spend my time following the activities of the Windsors than the Kardashians or the Duggars. Besides history is a favorite subject of mine so I get a secondary bonus from following the BRF.

I've noticed that many royal watchers are very conservative sociopolitically . I myself am a dyed in the wool ultra-liberal, and I enjoy the juxtaposition. Also I get a giggle at watching certain posters trying to justify their sexist and plutocratic views. It's even more fascinating when they project mental illness/sinister motives onto the royals in random assumption, or when they come up with conspiracy theories. Every time you deal with the subject of history, tradition and religion the looney bigots and zealots come out of the woodwork, various royal forums on the internet are a testament to this. Royal watchers can be just as interesting as the royals themselves. For better or worse.
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Old 01-03-2015, 09:04 PM
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About 90% of my interest in royalty is linked with my passion for history and genealogy.

I also find royalty a much more interesting alternative to Hollywood and pop culture celebrities.
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Old 01-05-2015, 02:20 PM
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Royalty gives us a glimpse into another world that most of us will never experience. Also, the historical ties and the traditions are interesting. I have followed the British royals for a long time - I was a fan of Diana, but I could see that she was not without faults. My interest in royalty got kicked up a notch when I was watching royal weddings on YouTube (I'm a church organist so I'm interested in the music, etc.) and, lo and behold, there are other royal families out there! They are just as interesting and colorful as the Brits. So I've done a lot of reading, both books and the internet. And I've learned a lot of history in the process. While it's a harmless and escapist hobby, it's not one that you can talk to others about, at least not in my circles. Most people just think it's silly - after all, Americans revolted against the monarchy in the 18th century, so why bother with them now? Although I can see the value of having a nonpartisan head of state. The American president functions as both head of state and head of government, not always successfully. I remember the flap when President Obama bowed to the Japanese emperor - didn't help his popularity at all.

BTW, an interesting book is ''The Great Survivors'' by Peter Conradi. Good insight into European royalty.
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Old 01-05-2015, 03:05 PM
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what an interesting thread. i have always wondered why people are interested in royalty, yet have never seen this thread, even though it was started in 2005 and the person who reopened it only recently reposted - after being left untouched since 2005.

i guess i find royalty appealing because of several reasons:

- they embody 'proper' behaviour, which people rarely see or experience in everyday life: how to behave appropriately, how to drink and eat appropriately, how to present yourself appropriately and how to interact with others appropriately. i find the protocol that surrounds them fascinating.

- they are present in a wide variety of 'high profile' events, so it's quite easy for anyone to spot them when they watch the news or any events they may follow and to become interested in them. whether you are interested in charity work, in sports, in history, in industry... it's quite likely that at some point you were reading the news of a royal being present at that really crucial football match, the funeral of an important person you liked who changed history or at a history-changing event.

- they dress in amazing clothes, meet the brightest and best of people, live in beautiful palaces, travel to great holiday destinations... what's not to like about that? :) i guess we all are more or less interested in being "nosey" and knowing what other people do to get inspiration. as someone else said, i'm more interested to know where royalty goes on holiday than britney spears.

however, i have to disagree with other people in that the reason we follow royalty is because we 'envy them' or want to be like them 'because they live perfect lives'. yes, they are privileged, but with privilege comes responsibility, pressure and intrusion. i wouldn't swap places with any of them - at least not for long.
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Old 01-10-2015, 08:58 PM
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Father grew up learning about Royal Families.
I like the names of Royalty. However, not just their first names. I like the additional middle names.
The historic aspect is nice due to the fact that some Royals married foreign Royals. You get to learn about additional Royal Families.
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