Coronation Commentary

Coronation Commentary

Coronation Commentary

Coronation Commentary

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Most countries are republics. Our King is about the only serious king left.

Far away in the east there is, indeed, the mysterious Mikado, withdrawn from our western understanding as mainly from his own subjects' prostrate sight; the lineal descendant of the Son of Heaven, who twenty-five centuries ago came down to rule on earth; still more a god than a king. In one first-rank country of Europe, a shadow monarch still sits upon a shadowed throne. There are the three Scandinavian kings. There are the five Balkan kinglets. It would be injustice to the former, none however of whose kingdoms equals the population of London, and who have neither royal might nor imperial function, to class them as no more than glorified hereditary Lord Mayors; and to the latter, given the personal worth of two or three of them and the comparative stability of one or two of their thrones, to range them as mere operetta princelings, Ruritanian mummers on a scene that continually shifts. There is the Queen of Holland. There is the now model Belgian throne.

But, among the little lands as among the large, republics are the great majority.

It was not so until yesterday. When most of us were born, and still when many of us were grown-up, there was Kaiser, an Austrian Kaiser, and Tsar, and Sultan: the four tremendous crowns the War sent flying. The Most Catholic Kingship vanished even more lately; the Dragon Throne not much earlier; the Kingdom of Portugal and her daughter Empire of the Brazils not much earlier again. Less than . . .

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