It has been reported that one billion euros is the expected bill for the UK-wide celebration to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday this year. A survey released recently in United Kingdom said that an average citizen of UK is likely to spend 42.98 euro on the celebrations.
Many countries, which were once under the control of Britain and then got their independence, have constituted their government on the model of democratic governance in Britain. Today, the citizens of these distant commonwealth countries, who are still associated with Britain as member of commonwealth, must wonder as to whether it is appropriate to spend such a huge money on the birthday celebration of the Queen, in a country that boasts one of the most modern and nearly perfect systems of democratic governance.
Many citizens in the commonwealth countries inevitably wonder as to whether the mindset of Britishers have still not crossed that of the citizens of the erstwhile days who lived under the rule of monarchy. Especially the youth of today, brought with the culture of free-thinking and people’s will and people’s primacy and power wonder whether it is anachronism to spend so much money for the birthday celebration of the Queen. One does not know as to what Queen Elizabeth herself thinks on such celebration, but the very fact that she has not objected to the celebration only indicates that it has her approval.
While there is really nothing wrong in celebrating the birthday of any person — including that of Queen Elizabeth — is lavish spending the appropriate way of for celebrating the birthday of a Queen in a democratic country and particularly when the money spent on celebration will be the government’s money and people’s contribution ?
We know that many wealthy businessmen — and some politicians — around the world have indulged in lavish birthday celebrations, which may be viewed by the poor and deprived people as nothing less than a vulgar exhibitionism of wealth and affluence. These affluent people may not care about the feelings of the poor people, but the Queen’s stature and prestige are on loftier plane.
People in commonwealth countries look to Britain to lead the democratic resurgence of the world and expect the British governance to be a role model for other countries to follow and as such they would be certainly disappointed about the one billion euro celebration, if such is true.
Would it not be more cultured, better civilized and a loftier principle, if Queen Elizabeth were to direct that her 90th birthday should be celebrated for the benefit and welfare of millions of deprived citizens in commonwealth countries, who are still living in oppressive conditions. Is Queen Elizabeth losing an opportunity at her 90th birthday to benefit the downtrodden people in various commonwealth countries by extending her arm of compassion and support to the poor people by directing the government and citizens of Britain to spend the money to benefit the poor people in commonwealth countries — and not on her.
In the past, the kings and queens in Britain have shown an extraordinary quality of leadership and initiative on different occasions and Queen Elizabeth II is well admired in the commonwealth countries today. People who admire Britain and the Queen desire that the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration should be a memorable event and long remembered by people around the world — and not one of mere lavish events the likes of which the world has seen many times before.