I doubt that anyone in New Zealand during the tour of Kate,William and George could ignore the huge uplift in spirits at the presence of Royalty on our shores. Thousands of people from North Cape to Stewart Island have taken precious time out of their lives and travelled considerable distances just to get a glimpse of this family.
Our media have delivered repeated shots of smiling, waving, hand shaking and even tears from an adoring public. Behaviour that a generally reserved populace saves for the return of its favourite sporting heroes.
The feel good factor very much alive and well!
I suspect that crime and medical demands have dropped significantly as our collective thoughts have focussed on our commonalities rather than our differences - the realisation that we are far more bonded and united than we would otherwise give credit.
The Royal Family don't have any particular skills to admire and our lives wont have changed when they depart, but they should be a reminder to all of us that we can feel differently about our perspectives if we so choose.
Perhaps there is a legitimate case to have our own Ministry of Royal Therapies whose sole purpose is to make people feel great.
For the Republicans the presence of a President would suffice, but I suspect we are happy to retain the status quo.