The Crown and the Establishment

The Crown and the Establishment

The Crown and the Establishment

The Crown and the Establishment

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'There will soon be only five kings left--the Kings of England, Diamonds, Hearts, Spades and Clubs.' --King Farouk to Lord Boyd-Orr in Cairo, 1951

'This country and Commonwealth last Tuesday were not far from the Kingdom of Heaven .'--Archbishop of Canterbury on the Coronation of Elizabeth II

'The great majority of the human race, which since 1917 has been shedding Kings with delight and abandon, is said to be doing violence to its essential nature .'--Daily Worker, 30 May 1953

'I have seen a number of names suggested for our new princess, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Kent. Mary, Marina, Helen, Alice have been suggested. In my opinion, none of these sufficiently marks the extraordinary miracle of a royal birth in a time of great national stress .'--Letter to Obsever, 3 Jan. 1937

MONARCHY in Britain, as King Farouk's quip suggests, stands in a class by itself, uniquely popular and secure. Outside Europe the type of revolution that made Farouk a fugitive has become everyday news. Inside Europe only six monarchies are left. In Greece and Belgium the crown seems precariously poised. The unpretentious monarchs of Scandinavia and the Low Countries are respectfully accepted by their sober subjects. They go out shopping like other mortals without being mobbed by sight-seers or surrounded by photographers; their homes are not besieged, as Buckingham Palace is, by crowds who gather outside it even when no royal personages are in residence.

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