If you are moving to London and are determined to see the inside of Buckingham Palace, you’ll have to put in a great deal of work and get yourself and OBE or an MBE. Of course, you could be among the elite who manage an invitation to one of the garden parties and events held at the palace, but if you’re like me, and I’m still waiting for my invitation to the Royal Wedding, then you’ll have to be satisfied with the tourist’s view of the palace.
This is the first of a series of articles on the social structure that has been a part of the very fabric of life in England and especially London. While many English people might dismiss the idea of the hierarchal social class system, it is still in force to a large degree and follows a complicated set of rules and behaviours. Unlike other countries around the world, the issue of social class is not based on money, and even if one is immensely rich, it does not mean that you are able to migrate into a different class or social standing. In London, the situation is somewhat easier, because it is a cosmopolitan city and has a large population of people who are not English, but it is still wise to have an understanding of how the English social class system works, just in case you are invited to Buckingham Palace to visit a member of the Royal Family.