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Dump the silly Royal pomp.

I THINK the Queen does a great job and I'm generally in favour of the Royal family.

But Andrew Marr's BBC1 documentary Diamond Queen highlighted some areas where the institution really needs to be brought into the 21st century.

TELLY Tradition is important, in its place. Pomp and circumstance brings in the tourists and noone does it better than the British. TALK But why do we still persist with the Order of the Garter? Members look ridiculous, in all their cloaks, feathers, ribbons and tassels, as well as the garters on their legs. And this isn't just for show, they get dolled up in secret in the Garter Throne Room before undergoing a strange ceremony which dates back to the 12th century.

The Royals are pretty good value for the price of half a cup of coffee, but I don't think some of them pull their weight as much as the Queen. What is the point of Prince Edward, really? One of our favourite members of the family has to be Harry, who wittily let us into some secrets about his brother William's wedding.

After making fun of his inability to drive, especially in spurs, he said of his duties as best man: "I was there to support him and tell him how great he is. It was his day, so I had to lie a bit."
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Feb 19, 2012
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