Monarchy Today: 3 Reasons Why Constitutional Monarchy Has its Merits

In the digital age, people are more informed than ever. We are constantly bombarded with opinions from every angle. Some of these opinions may be outlandish to some, but it’s a fact that these ideas exist.

With so much emphasis on democracy and people power, many people find it absurd that we still have constitutional monarchies set up in countries like the United Kingdom or Japan.

For many, the whole idea seems antiquated and old-fashioned. Even delusional for some.

However, I personally love the idea of a Constitutional Monarchy. For me, there is a sense of order and simplicity in the institution. As Filipinos, a republican country, people tend to be confused why I’m enamored with the idea of monarchs. Mostly, it’s because most of our colonial and pre-colonial history was as a nation of monarchs.

The idea of having a king, rajah, datu, or sultan at the head of the state captures the imagination. It enriches the perspective of an avid history enthusiast such as myself. But the question is if having a monarch could still be worth it today.

Here is a list of why I think having a monarch can be interesting:

Effective Ceremonial Figure

A Monarch is a ceremonial head of state in a constitutional monarchy.

This means that the Monarch does not hold any administrative powers and is only in office for ceremonial purposes. This is in contrast to a President or a Prime Minister, who may have executive powers in addition to being the head of state.

The role of a ceremonial head of state is to unify the people. You see this in countries having beautiful events and celebrations to honor their Monarch on their birthday or death.

It also helps to strengthen the country’s identity. If you look at UK’s Jubilee ceremonies, you can see how the monarchy helps to unify the country. Having a non-political monarch can symbolize a unifying leader to all citizens.

Undeniable Unifying Force

Being a constitutional monarchy represents stability and security.

This is because the Monarch is elected for life. If you look at the last few Presidents of the United States, most of them died in office or were impeached. There’s no guarantee that the people will elect a good leader. The same can be said for a Prime Minister. 

Democracy is often a tumultuous, politicized, and cutthroat process. This can mean uncertainty and instability in times of crisis. On the other hand, anyone in line for the throne is usually identified at a young age. 

There’s no guarantee that the people will elect someone who is both competent and dutiful throughout their entire term. 

On the other hand, a Monarch is expected to be dutiful and, most importantly, a source of stability and security for their country. Otherwise, it would endanger its very existence.

Model of an Ideal Family

With no administrative powers, a Monarch is not at risk of making a wrong political decision. 

However, there is no doubt a considerable influence from the Monarch and the royal family.

This influence is supposedly practiced in showing what an ideal family is in their country. As the ceremonial heads of state, they are the country’s first family. 

While no family is a perfect family. The royal family, as a concept, is strategically designed to be the pinnacle of its country’s values and ideals. 

In a world of reality TV, chaotic content, and continual drama, it is crucial to have a symbolic basis of conservative values and morals.

Final Thoughts

I’m not in disagreement with the idea that absolute monarchical rule is antiquated. However, I believe that there is still some cultural value and unifying advantage for monarchies setup as constitutional monarchies.

The merit of their existence outweighs the consequences of their absence. Monarchies can be instrumental in alleviating the degradation of patriotic attitudes, a division between cultures, and even loss of identity and a sense of pride for one’s country.

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