Monarchy

Leslie Nielsen and Jeannette Charles in The Naked Gun

From good witch to female Alan Bennett: the Queen on the big screen

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Good witch, victim or female Alan Bennett? Tanya Gold on how Elizabeth II has been portrayed on screen

RSC's latest is like a week-long episode of Blackadder without the jokes

22 July 2017 9:00 am

The RSC’s summer blockbuster is about Queen Anne. It’s called Queen Anne. It opens at the Inns of Court where…

Would Britain have become half so great without George III?

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Before he died aged 44 (probably of a pulmonary embolism, poor chap), Frederick, Prince of Wales, compiled a list of…

A three-hour bum-number by a German gas bag: Schiller’s Mary Stuart at the Almeida reviewed

14 January 2017 9:00 am

God, what a dusty old chatterbox Schiller is. Like Bernard Shaw, he can’t put a character on stage without churning…

Could a monarchy save America?

19 November 2016 9:00 am

I started watching The Crown, the £100-million television series on the early years of the Queen’s reign, on Netflix but…

The secrets of the Queen’s Sword of Mercy

19 November 2016 9:00 am

At the Queen’s Coronation, the Duke of Northumberland carried the Sword of Mercy called Cortana. I mention this for three…

To save the British monarchy, skip the Prince of Wales

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The Prince of Wales has become a threat to the institution he ought to uphold. He should renounce the throne in advance

Why the Middle East needs more kings

26 September 2015 8:00 am

What the Middle East needs is more constitutional monarchies

The birth of a royal baby is hardly an exciting event

25 April 2015 9:00 am

There are already people camping outside St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, to await the birth shortly of another royal baby, the…

The mysterious pleasure of Magnus Mills

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Since his debut with the Booker-nominated The Restraint of Beasts in 1999, Magnus Mills has delighted and occasionally confounded his…

As a republican, I used to look forward to Charles III. Now I’m scared

31 January 2015 9:00 am

The Prince of Wales has shown himself too vain to accept the limits of constitutional monarchy

Elizabeth is about to become Britain’s longest-reigning queen. Here’s how she’s changed monarchy

3 January 2015 9:00 am

This year the Queen will become the longest-serving monarch in British history. Her rule defines our era

My ghosts of Athens; a shooting and a royal wedding

27 September 2014 9:00 am

Athens This grimy semi-Levantine ancient city has its beauty spots, with childhood memories indelibly attached. There is a turn-of-the-century apartment…

The Spectator's Notes: French presidents used to have a touch of the monarch. Not any more

18 January 2014 9:00 am

When I interviewed Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, the former president of France, for my biography of Margaret Thatcher, I asked him…

Conrad Black’s farewell to the British press

3 August 2013 9:00 am

The astonishing level of enthusiasm over the birth of the new prince goes far beyond the pleasure that people naturally…

Crime, corruption and sadism? No, the real Sweden is stunning - as I have discovered

11 May 2013 9:00 am

I am on my first ever visit to Sweden and enjoying it greatly. My idea of this country had recently…

Queen of sorrows

21 January 2012 11:15 am

She was the ill-educated younger child of the Duke of York; a mere female, she was sickly and not expected…

The greatest show on earth

10 December 2011 10:45 am

Jessica Douglas-Home’s aptly titled book is based on the diaries of her grandmother Lilah Wingfield, who attended the Delhi Durbar…

The woman in black

3 December 2011 9:00 am

The history of the royal family is punctuated by dramatic, premature deaths which plunge the monarchy into crisis. The most…

The Diamond Queen by Andrew Marr

12 November 2011 10:00 am

‘Of making many books there is no end’, particularly when the subject is Queen Elizabeth II. It is less than…

Sad, not mad

2 July 2011 12:00 am

The Catholic Monarchs — Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile — had five children together.

Neither Greek nor German

11 June 2011 12:00 am

Prince Philip’s childhood was such that he had every right to be emotionally repressed and psychologically disturbed.

A fate worse than death

16 April 2011 12:00 am

Hugo Vickers has already produced a well-documented and balanced biography of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

King of spin

16 April 2011 12:00 am

Draw two two-inch triangles, tip to tip, one on top of the other.

Ride on in majesty

2 October 2010 12:00 am

Governments in early modern England, having no standing army nor a civil service to speak of, required the consent of the governed.