Monarchy

After 70 years, has the Prince of Wales learnt nothing about the monarch’s role?

24 November 2018 9:00 am

Republicans hate to admit it, but the stability brought by the long reign of that most careful of monarchs Elizabeth…

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.