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The Revolutionary War is now a thing of history books, but conversation about the value of monarchies - constitutional or otherwise - in modern society is still very much alive. Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee has encouraged further discussion about the real meaning of royalty. Where do you stand?
We noticed that two commenters claiming to be British debated Americans' attitudes toward the monarchy. Are queens and kings and princes and princesses still relevant, or should they be relegated to history and fairy tales?
UKsideofpond: "I am totally flabbergasted by the total ignorance, respect and appreciation of other countries customs, etc. There are 44 monarchies around the world, some of which are 'absolute' and some of which are 'constitutional'. I can't believe that some Americans believe that Britain is ruled by the Queen! Do these people take time to have a look at countries outside of their own? I doubt it. Do they believe that we are living in medieval times? I think some of them believe we do. Fortunately, I'm big enough and ugly enough to realize that the majority of comments here are from a minority of Americans whose live revolves around the X Box and whom many have never been out of their own state. Thank heaven for the normal, intelligent American that I have come to know and like."
soaprano: "Wake-up call from this contributor. I am English born and bred and live in England. The fact that the royals are rubber stamps does not in anyway change the reality of the facts of what they really are, pampered, kept parasites of no value or use whatsoever to the nation ... tourism do I hear you bleat? So the thinking person is to accept that Shakespeare, the Brontes, Dickens, The Beatles, Stonehenge, etc., are all sideshows and looking at Buckingham Palace is what makes the majority of tourists spend money coming to Britain? What an insult to all the artists and musicians and history of Britain that anyone in any great numbers should believe looking at inbred parasites is the primary reason for flying across the world to Britain.
Of course, many of our readers are quite fond of the royals.
Moira Little: "Just watched the Diamond Jubilee concert for Queen Elizabeth. What a fantastic show for an amazing woman, 86 years old and still working for her subjects. I live in Philadelphia but am on vacation in the UK at the moment and am glad I am here to witness such a fantastic show of respect for her work over the last 60 years. Love that I am still British."
angrycandy: "This USA'er sees the value of intermediaries such as the Queen of England whose role actively encourages nationalistic celebrations. The USA, on the other hand, trots out the same old religious dogma and expects its citizens to partake of a meagerness that somehow defies mold."
But many are quite baffled. Where do you stand?
SR388: "I have to admit, as an American, I don't really understand the idea of the British royals. The UK is headed into a double dip recession thanks to its austerity measures, but they continue to pay for the royals and throw big parties for them. OK, well I guess it's not my country and it's not for me to understand."
WarHorseTwo: "The queen is monarch of 1/3 of the world's population, and 1/4 of the world's land mass. She is a constitutional monarch, and most folks like and respect her. We don't expect Americans to understand. But oddly enough, the Americans are some of her biggest fans. Who knew!"
This longtime watcher of Jubilees said they felt in awe of the event.
drldeboer: "I've now seen each of Queen Elizabeth II's Jubilees - Silver, Golden and Diamond. At each, there was nothing but thanks from her and her family for those who have and do serve their country faithfully ... as they too have served in war, in peace and in charity. On Tuesday they will be in church, thanking God. So in the words of another faithful servant of Great Britain ... God bless us, every one."
Some readers have sent us images and stories about the Diamond Jubilee and Queen Elizabeth II. Mohammed Seedat shared a photo of her visit to Burnley, England, in May to talk about higher education. Kathy Ann Smith of Chicago sent a festive group photo featuring Union Jack motifs, and another shot of interesting eyewear. London resident Kasia Jessica Swica of London posted a fisheye-style photo of a picnic in the city.
Anybody got a Union Jack to spare? Please share your photos, videos and views on CNN iReport if you're attending the Jubilee or simply want to tell us what you think.
richie123098: "So proud to be British, God Save the Queen! Been driving around since Friday with two Union Jacks on my car. It's great to see us Brits celebrating our Queen and our country and the weather is British for the occasion!"
Richie1994: "I've been looking everywhere for those Union Flags that go on the wing-mirrors for cars; still haven't found one!"
richie123098: "I've wanted some of them too, but no luck, just the flags in Tesco. The wing mirror flags look awesome. Hope I can find some in time for the Olympics!"
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