Like previous royal occasions, the hullabaloo surrounding the Queen's diamond jubilee exposes the asymmetric relationship between the rulers and the ruled.
If governance depends upon a social order propped up by lesser subjects, what role do these individuals play in deciding their own fate?
Our perceptions determine actions and influence external phenomena.
The other is identified through the self.
In other words our self-realisation serves two purposes - it confirms our own existence and also represents who and what we are not.
The monarchy benefits from this form of internalisation - it is perpetuated by those who collect the souvenirs, erect the bunting and stand for hours simply to catch a glimpse of a sovereign specimen.
And while the royals receive what they need - survival - what do they provide to society in return? Not much other than a forced smile and a mechanical hand wave.
And this disproportionate and unrewarding mode of government is revered by a considerable majority of the masses.
Our unequal society is upheld by those who, despite being independent from the historical event responsible for establishing this system of rule, swallow the propaganda and accept the monarchy as a fait accompli.
Next month's celebrations are a reaffirmation of a disparate social reality where the question of power extends beyond the person who holds it to those who grant it.