Even if he makes it to a milestone anniversary on the throne, Prince Charles has a better chance of slaying a host of fiery dragons and recapturing the Empire than he does of being feted the way Britons and people around the world are celebrating the record-long reign of Queen Elizabeth II this week.
If it is possible for a city to be a love letter, London has become an urban avatar of affection for the queen, marked by Union Jacks fluttering over streets, outsize floral arrangements of crowns and corgis, and shop windows crammed with more than the usual garish tea and cookie tins commemorating her 70 years on the throne.… Seguir leyendo »
Queen Elizabeth II has lately been making a case for her own abdication.
The 96-year-old queen’s absence from the state opening of Parliament this week — owing to what Buckingham Palace gently referred to as “mobility problems” — is just the latest high-profile absence of the once-unstoppable queen. A U.K. tabloid reported last month that the queen’s aides plan to confirm her attendance at future events only a few hours before. When she is present, her advancing age is being accommodated: At a March service honoring her late husband, Prince Philip, she entered Westminster Abbey through a side door to avoid walking the church’s lengthy nave.… Seguir leyendo »
With her platinum jubilee looming, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II can fairly celebrate her record-breaking 70 years on the throne. But with the broader royal family in a far less sterling state, this latest milestone is an opportunity to do more than take a victory lap. Better to focus on steps the queen can take now to boost the monarchy’s chances of surviving long after her stewardship ends. Here’s where to start:
First, specify what a future, “slimmed-down” royal family looks like. When it comes to modernizing the monarchy, the central issue is cost: How many royals (and their staffs) is it reasonable to subsidize?… Seguir leyendo »
Princess Diana has been a staple of headlines for so long that articles and documentaries marking the 20th anniversary of her death may seem unremarkable. But the coverage is more than a stream of TV shows and newspaper and magazine special editions. It’s a meta reminder of the extremes that media coverage of Diana reached during her lifetime, and of the overexposure that continued after her death.
Diana was a 19-year-old nursery school teacher when she started dating Britain’s future king — and became a media sensation. Prince Charles bowed to pressure and proposed even though they had seen each other only about a dozen times.… Seguir leyendo »