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To celebrate the British Queen’s Platinum Jubilee for which everybody in the country was granted a 4-day long bank holiday weekend, we ventured north up to Glasgow. This is the most royal photo I have captured in Glasgow. You can see here the equestrian monument to the queen, although it features Queen Victoria not Elizabeth II. The George Square on which the monument stands, probably the most popular square in town, is named for King George III. It was laid out in 1781 and is filled with statues of famous Scots.

In Poland we did have kings and queens but hundreds of years ago so the concept of having an actual monarch today still sounds ridiculous to me. Why one person or a family should have granted by birth the right to have such an impact on the whole country? Why some people are by birth better, higher in hierarchy, deserving more respect than others? Why everybody in this country seems to see nothing wrong about it? I suppose Queen Elizabeth II spoiled Brits with her elegance and wisdom. She is a great ruler, and everybody loves her. But just imagine your king would be a guy who complaints about hardships of being a royal, follows a bad actress to Hollywood, talks badly about his family in the talk show on American TV, etc. That would be hard to swallow. If the subsequent king or queen is not behaving well, is not smart, and not likeable in any way, what then?

Originally, I intended to criticize the whole concept of monarchy here. It is nice to think that people can choose somebody else to represent them for a change. They can check the candidate’s past and his or her plans for the future. It feels so much more rational. But then again looking at the politicians in so many countries these days, I have doubts whether the people in countries who have the freedom to choose, make a good use of this freedom. I won’t mention any politicians here, but I am sure you can come up with many names which would make you wonder whether democracy is the way to go. Sometimes it feels as if the humanity was taking steps back. Maybe monarchy is not so crazy after all?...

If birds could vote… I am not sure what they are trying to tell us here: Are they so often stopping at queen’s head because they like and support her or rather with their droppings, they demonstrate a complete lack of respect for the monarchy.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7495 W: 106 N: 19629] (75139)
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