That's because of the monarchy, they divided things like that in England for centuries. If there was no Queen, nobody would give af. All the countries with rigid class structures in the EU have a monarchy. You'll find the same thing in Spain, the Netherlands etc.Good post. Operative word is class though, I've noticed that americans place much less emphasis on class because a lot of them consider themselves middle class. In this country, you're only truly middle class when you're part of the cultured, educated elite. For instance, we could NEVER be like LA with their almost lack of concern of who mixes with who. I mean maybe they don't want hobos living near their homes in beverly hills, but they're not going to shoot you down because you can't name drop some obscure philosopher from Denmark or some shit.