The monarchies still existing in the 21st century mainly have a symbolic function. The kings, queens, princes, princesses, dukes, earls and ladies show often up at public charity events, sports competitions or in times of crisis in order to support everybody involved in the respective field and circumstance.
And often, the magazines and tabloids take many photographs of them in order to analyze their fashion style the day after. In fact, the royals have reached a celebrity status like actors and musicians. As such, they also function as trend setters and style icons.
The modern British royals
Most popularly, there is Kate Middleton, who is to be called Catherine Mountbatten-Windsor, Duchess of Cambridge, since she married the smart Prince William in 2011. Her dresses, her hair style and her attitude have become the non plus ultra for many British young girls.
Of course, her fashion is not simply royal in its look, but also in its price. But many mainstream fashion labels get inspired by her fashion and imitate it to sell it to the crowd. In that way, every girl can feel a little bit like a princess herself.
However, there are also fashion items which cannot be imitated easily. That counts for jewelry especially. No one, for example, could ever imitate the British Crown Jewels in its splendor and excellence. And it is the same with luxury watches which require a high degree of patience, knowledge, skill and experience in order to be manufactured.
Their style, their accurateness, their reliability and durability make them one of the most highly appreciated jewelry items. And one can be sure that royals like Kate Middleton do not have to compare prices for Vacheron Constantin watches. What royals “ no matter how rich they might be“ cannot buy is the understanding for the long history of watch making and the commitment of the watch maker to each piece he or she produces. This knowledge can only be afforded by the watch lover alone.