Must Harry and Meghan’s son really learn to ‘essentialise’ race?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

‘Ha, ha,’ said my husband, as though he’d made a joke. ‘Here’s one for you.’ He waved a page of…

Danny Dyer trying to keep a straight face in his latest bizarre TV outing. Photo: BBC / Wall to Wall Media

Danny Dyer’s Right Royal Family might well be the oddest TV show of recent times

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Last year on Who Do You Think You Are?, Danny Dyer — EastEnders actor and very possibly Britain’s most cockney…

Poking fun at the royals is good for the monarchy

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Isn’t Meghan fabulous? Hasn’t she totally brought the monarchy into the 21st century? Doesn’t she make Kate look like such…

How many royal cliches can you fit into a single Channel 4 documentary?

29 August 2015 9:00 am

In 2011, the Daily Mail carried a long story about how the Queen’s cousin Prince William of Gloucester, who died…

High society

2 June 2012 7:00 pm

One evening in 1923, Edward, Prince of Wales, pretty as paint in his white tie and a cutaway-coat, went to…

Good queen, bad subject

2 June 2012 7:00 pm

There is a paradox at the heart of all books about the Queen. The very thing which makes her such…

Monarchy’s golden future

2 June 2012 6:00 pm

In a recent issue of The Spectator Freddy Gray warned that some royal press officers now resemble celebrity publicists, spoon-feeding…

What did he see in her?

2 June 2012 6:00 pm

When King George I came over from Hanover in 1714 to claim the crown he had inherited from his distant…

The Spectator’s notes

2 June 2012 3:00 pm

‘Chilly day with frequent showers,’ begins my grandfather’s entry for Tuesday 2 June 1953, the day of the present Queen’s…

The Queen and I

2 June 2012 2:00 pm

Well it’s all too terribly, terribly exciting: 60 glorious years on the throne of England and almost more than that…

The art of monarchy

2 June 2012 12:00 pm

Andrew Lambirth reflects on the images that help shape our perception of the Queen

Royal watch

2 June 2012 11:00 am

This is the week we almost drowned in Jubilee programmes. Sadly, many of these were unavailable to reviewers, possibly because…

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 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…

Coolness under fire

25 June 2011 12:00 am

The early 19th century was the age of the dandy, and the essence of dandyism was cool self-control.

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.

Survival of the fittest

7 April 2010 12:00 am

When I was at Eton, many years before David Cameron, much of the school was run by a self-elected society known as ‘Pop’.

All the Men’s Queen

30 September 2009 12:00 am

It is entirely possible that nobody, not even perhaps Queen Elizabeth herself, has ever known what she was really like, so great the charm, the smiling gaze, the gloved arm, the almost wistful voice, the lilting politeness, yet so strong the nerve, so dogged the spirit, so determined the trajectory.