As an American citizen I can say I enjoy the phenomenon of watching the English Royal Family from my detached standpoint. I'm never quite been sure what the reaction will be when I bring the Windsors up to the British since the opinion of them and the monarchy itself brings such a wide range of response. Since we have so many English posters here I'm interested in their feelings (and everyone's) about the propriety of having a monarchy still in place. Is it a detraction to the smooth running of things in Great Britain or an asset to the notion of continuity in the worldwide forum? I guess the question here is: Does the English Royal family serve a purpose?