The Monarchy

  • F. N. Forman
  • N. D. J. Baldwin
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There was a time not many years ago — certainly the late 1970s (1977 was Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee) and the early 1980s (1981 saw the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer) — when the institution of Monarchy was sure of itself, widely admired and overwhelmingly popular; in short, it stood at the apex of British society. The fact that the Monarch was a constituent part of the British system of government tended to be glossed over, even ignored altogether. Indeed, part of the success of constitutional monarchy in Britain is that it ceased — in one sense at least — to be politically important, the system became one in which ‘the Queen reigned but did not rule’. It cannot be glossed over, let alone ignored, today. The difficulties arising from problems in the personal lives of members of the Royal Family — highlighted by the breakdown in the marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales — came to a head in the 1990s reaching a crescendo in the immediate aftermath of the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997. Consequently, the institution of Monarchy and the role of the Royal Family in Britain today has come to be at the very centre of public debate.


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© F.N. Forman and N.D.J. Baldwin 1999

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  • F. N. Forman
  • N. D. J. Baldwin

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