Opinion: The real reason Americans love royalty

Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth/the Associated Press/ Pool / Members of the public file past the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's orb and sceptre, lying in state on the catafalque in Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster in London on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.

I am American, a citizen of a country that long ago rejected monarchs and sovereigns. I have never lived under a king or a queen, and it's difficult for me to understand why the British persist in doing so in the modern world.

Still I am following the news avidly. I'm clicking on photo galleries, watching videos, reading stories. I can't help being fascinated by the royals, and in that, I'm like millions of Americans. Even the Democrats and Republicans in Congress, who barely speak to each other, came together as Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., offered thoughts and prayers for the queen from the Senate floor. Wall Street traders took time out from making money to bow their heads. American flags went to half staff.

Why would a country that in 1776 declared its independence from an English king it called "unfit to be the ruler of a free people" still be home in 2018 to 29.2