I devote all my attentions to
improving the welfare of my subjects, since I wish to save my soul and go to Heaven.
Charles III of Spain, 1750.
If a nation does not want a monarchy, change the nation's
mind. If a nation does not need a monarchy, change the nation's needs.
Smuts, Prime Minister of South Africa 1939-1948.
I am a true servant of my King
and country, not only as a dutiful subject but because I am a convinced monarchist, politically and
intellectually. I mean by that, quite apart from myself and my relationship to my Bavarian and German fatherland,
I believe monarchy to be the most successful form of government that the history of mankind has
Adolf von Harnier, on trial for treason, Germany 1938.
the Allies at the peace table at Versailles had allowed a Hohenzollern, a Wittelsbach and a Habsburg to return
to their thrones, there would have been no Hitler. A democratic basis of society might have been
preserved by a crowned Weimar in contact with the victorious Allies."
Churchill, 26th April 1946.
In Italy they are already speaking about a republic,
but keep in mind that there is nothing less suited to Italians...... The Italians are individualists
and a republic will become the cause of confusion and disorder. Certainly of corruption. I have no doubt of
it. When all this comes to pass who will profit from it?
King Victor Emmanuel III
of Italy, 10th April 1944.
Remember that life is made up of loyalty: loyalty to
your friends; loyalty to things beautiful and good; loyalty to the country in which you live;
loyalty to your King; and above all, for this holds all other loyalties together, loyalty to God.
Queen Mary, Buckingham Palace, 23rd March 1923.
Politicians debating the
future of our monarchy resemble a poachers' convention deliberating on the future role of the gamekeeper.
Malcolm Winram, The Times, 9th March 1996.
VI) represented, for us, a model of character and deportment for those in high places. Our respect for him
as an inspirational force was equalled by our affection for him as a gentle human being.
General Dwight D Eisenhower, 7th February 1952.
Impartiality and continuity
are important aspects of government, and it is doubtful whether any form of democratic government yet
discovered provides these to any greater extent than does constitutional monarchy
D Bailey, British Parliamentary Democracy, Harrap, 1959.
would never have come unless, under American and modernising pressure, we had driven the Habsburgs out of Austria
and the Hohenzollerns out of Germany. By making these vacuums we gave the opening for the Hitlerite
monster to crawl out of its sewer on to the vacant thrones. No doubt these views are very unfashionable....
Winston Churchill, 8th April 1945.
The public are sick
and tired of politics, they are sick and tired of the machinations of elected office in a media age, and I
think it's quite good having a Head of State that's completely to one side of that.
Simon Upton, New Zealand Environment Minister, March 1994.
I notice that
the constitutional monarchies are the most democratic countries of Europe. I can't understand how there could
be any debate about it.
Jack Lang, French Minister of Culture, October 1993.
If constitutional monarchy were to come to an end in Britain, parliamentary democracy would
probably not survive it. It is, after all, through the monarchy that parliamentary control over the armed forces
is mediated and maintained.
Conor Cruise O'Brien, The Independent, 25th June 1993.
I am personally still convinced that there are safeguards in the constitutional monarchy
that an elected head of state just would not possess.
Roger Stott MP, The Independent
on Sunday, 7th September 1997.
The Prince of Wales, as so often,
has demonstrated his common sense in the words he spoke on Wednesday (during his visit to southern
Africa). His demeanour is a perfect illustration of the benefits of a constitutional monarchy. In the heat
of euphoria, in the midst of all the blather about a "new" this and a "new"
that, his is a message of modernisation and wisdom. We would do well to heed it."
Kwasi Kwarteng, The Daily Telegraph, 31st October 1997.
Anyone who fears
that by becoming a republic we would condemn ourselves to a presidency held by a perpetual succession of superannuated
politicians - at the moment presumably a choice between Heath, Kinnock, Thatcher and Major - is an optimist.
The alternative nightmare scenario looks not to the European model but to
the American, where the essentials for election to the presidency appear to be ruthless ambition, access to
vast wealth, reckless promises of patronage and preferment, effective control of a big slice
of the media and a plausible TV manner.
We don't know when we are well off.
Gordon Medcalf, The Independent, 10th September 1997.
The Queen Mother
is one who knows how to be Queen, how to preserve mystery and yet be accessible, one who knows how to epitomise
the higher aspirations of a people, yet retain both humanity and humour.
Strong, January 1998.
I write by the light of two eternal truths: religion and
monarchy, those twin essentials affirmed by contemporary events, and towards which every intelligent
author should seek to direct our country.
Honore de Balzac, 1842.
Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all.
Aristotle, 322-384 BC.
Being a nation of hypocrites, we have for years
looked to the Royal Family to embody the values we're not prepared to embody ourselves.
Serena Mackesy, The Independent, 10th December 1996.
The Queen's appearances
abroad do more in a day to gain goodwill for Britain than all the politicians and diplomats lumped together
could achieve in years.
Sir Alec Douglas-Home (Prime Minister 1963-64).
I owe no allegiance to the Provisional Government established by a minority of the foreign
population .... nor to anyone save the will of my people and the welfare of my country.
Queen Liliuokalani of Hawai'i after the overthrow of the monarchy by US Marines in 1893.
Why has destiny willed the downfall of this Sovereign? He is endowed with every kingly quality;
he is courageous, generous, and magnanimous; he has a fine intellect and a well-balanced mind; and his name
bears the tradition of a thousand years of history. Who better than he to symbolise the unity
of the country, and act as supreme moderator in party strife?
Physician to Umberto II of Italy, June 1946.
The Tarquins, meanwhile,
had taken refuge at the court of Lars Porsena, the King of Clusium. By every means in their power they
tried to win his support, now begging him not to allow fellow Etruscans, men of the same blood as himself,
to continue living in penniless exile, now warning him of the dangerous consequences of letting
republicanism go unavenged. The expulsion of kings they urged, once it had begun, might well become common
practice; liberty was an attractive idea, and unless reigning monarchs defended their thrones
as vigorously as states now seemed to be trying to destroy them, all order and subordination would collapse;
nothing would be left in any country but flat equality; greatness and eminence would be gone
for ever. Monarchy, the noblest thing in heaven or on earth, was nearing its end.
The History of Rome from its Foundation, Book II.
Those who imagine that a politician
would make a better figurehead than a hereditary monarch might perhaps make the acquaintance of
Baroness Thatcher, November 1995.
the young royals are reproached for setting a bad example and failing to keep their marriages together by journalists
who themselves lead Casanova-like lives.
Richard Ingrams, The Observer, 31st March 1996.
Canadians should realise when they are well off under the Monarchy. For the vast majority
of Canadians, being a Monarchy is probably the only form of government acceptable to them. I have always been
for parliamentary democracy and I think the institution of Monarchy with the Queen heading it all has served
Pierre Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, 1973.
to be a Republican is to hold, as a matter of theory at least, that is the best government for a free and intelligent
people in which merit is to be preferred to birth, then I hold it an honour to be associated
with nearly all the greatest thinkers of the country and to be a Republican. But if a Republican is one who
would thrust aside the opinion and affront the sentiment of a huge majority of the nation, merely
to carry to a logical conclusion an abstract theory, then I am far from being a Republican as any man can be.
Rt Hon Joseph Chamberlain (1836-1914) in 1875.
State functions more easily if it can be personified. An elected President who has stepped out of politics,
like the French President, is no substitute for a King who has stepped in by right of inheritance.
Still less is an active politician, like the President of the United States, a substitute. We can damn the
Government and cheer the King.
W Ivor Jennings, The British Constitution, 1943.
Modern monarchs neither have nor need executive power. Integrity and continuity are their
stock in trade. These qualities are becoming more precious when European political parties, many of them in
power for a decade or more, are increasingly judged arrogant or corrupt or both. Politicians
could with profit learn not to treat modesty as merely a royal prerogative.
The Times, 2nd August 1993.
To be a King is dedication, patience and moderation,
self-denial, statesmanship, national unity and, above all, having faith in one's people.
HM King Simeon II of the Bulgarians, October 1968.
monarchy is a political referee, not a political player, and there is a lot of sense in choosing the referee
by a different principle from the players. It lessens the danger that the referee might try
to start playing.
Earl Russell, The Spectator, 11th January 1997.
Monarchy is first proved to be the true and rightful form of government. Men's objects are best
attained during universal peace: this is possible only under a monarch. And as he is the image of the
divine unity, so man is through him made one, and brought most near to God. There must, in every system of
forces, be a ‘primum mobile'; to be perfect, every organisation must have a centre, into
which all is gathered, by which all is controlled. Justice is best secured by a supreme arbiter of disputes,
himself untempted by ambition, since his dominion is already bounded only by ocean. Man is best
and happiest when he is most free; to be free is to exist for one's own sake. To this noblest end does the
monarch and he alone guide us; other forms of government are perverted, and exist for the benefit
of some class; he seeks the good of all alike, being to that very end appointed.
Bryce's summary of Dante's De Monarchia.
I think it is a misconception to imagine
that the monarchy exists in the interests of the monarch. It doesn't. It exists in the interests
of the people.
HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 1969.
fact that the Monarchy can unify in this way - can comfort and exhilarate and embrace - remains, as Cameron
(James Cameron, republican journalist) put it, its great ‘gesture to all the forces of
logic', the power before which the neat rationality of republicanism wilts.
Harris, Mail on Sunday, 7th September 1997.
For any country it is better to have
a monarch than an elected president of the republic ..... monarchies provide the continuity
of states, while prime ministers come and go. Elections are all very well for the designation of the prime
minister or of the party which should take power, but not for the Head of State, who should
be above party.
(Unlike a president) in all probability the monarch who succeeds
to the throne has been trained for this exalted post by having spent many years by the side of his predecessor.
A monarch, however, cannot declare that he is ready to throw in his hand.
The personal conveniences of sovereigns are of little importance. What is important is that Great Britain needs
George Brown (Foreign Secretary in the Wilson government), Daily Mail, November
Monarchy can easily be debunked, but watch the faces, mark well
the debunkers. These are the men whose taproot in Eden has been cut: whom no rumour of the polyphony, the dance,
can reach - men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they
desire mere equality they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour millionaires,
athletes or film stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature,
like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.
The Royal tour (of South Africa) gives reassurance that when it
comes to flying the flag nobody does it quite as well as the Queen.
The Guardian, 22nd March 1995.
A priest who is not a monarchist is not worthy to stand at the altar table. The priest who
is a republican is always a man of poor faith. God himself anoints the monarch to be head of the kingdom,
while the president is elected by the pride of the
people. The king stays in power by
implementing God's commandments, while the president does so by pleasing those who rule. The king brings his
faithful subjects to God, while the president takes them away from God.
Vladimir, Metropolitan of Kiev, tortured and killed by Bolsheviks on 7th February 1918.
Queen was helpful, lively, fascinating to talk to, and very, very funny. The idea that she is out of touch
is nonsense. Robert Wraith, painter of Her Majesty's portrait, May 1998.
The monarchical principle is laughed at by vulgar and foolish people in all the suburbs of Europe.
It is hated in all the gutters of the world. The reason is simple. It enshrines with a fitting dignity
and elaboration the principle of authority as something independent of this or that politician. It places it
above attack. It symbolises and consecrates an attitude of mind essential to the happiness of
D'Alvarez, Storm Over Europe, by Douglas Jerrold (1930), Chapter XII.
The British love their Queen, their Queen Mother, Prince Charles, and the comforting security
of their hereditary constitutional monarchy, an institution of which the characters are beyond the manipulation
of man, an institution guaranteeing continuity, overriding the dissensions of politics. The best governments
are constitutional monarchies, and we may yet see some restored in eastern Europe.
Menuhin, The Daily Telegraph, 2nd July 1998.
In republics there is not a respect
for authority, but a fear of power.
Dr Samuel Johnson (Boswell's Life, p 464).
The best reason why Monarchy is a strong government is that it is an intelligible government.
The mass of mankind understand it, and they hardly anywhere in the world understand any other.
Walter Bagehot, The English Constitution, 1867.
I think the family has
got to streamline itself but the core members have a brand personality that a business would die for. You might
say they're the brand identity of Britain: ask any American what they'd give to have a Royal Family.
Jack Stevens, advertising agent, The Independent, 30th June 1998.
the ebb and flow of party strife, the rise and fall of ministries, and individuals, the changes of public opinion
or public fortune, the British Monarchy presides, ancient, calm and supreme within its function,
over all the treasures that have been saved from the past and all the glories we write in the annals of our
Sir Winston Churchill.
To be a king and wear
a crown is more glorious to them that see it than it is a pleasure to them that bear it.
Queen Elizabeth I.
Parliaments and Ministers pass, but she abides in lifelong
duty, and she is to them as the oak in the forest is to the annual harvest in the field.
William Gladstone, writing about Queen Victoria.
under Nicholas II, with all the survivals of feudalism, had opposition political parties, independent trade
unions and newspapers, a rather radical parliament and a modern legal system. Its agriculture
was on the level of the USA, with industry rapidly approaching the West European level.
In the USSR there was total tyranny, no political liberties and practically no human rights.
Its economy was not viable; agriculture was destroyed. The terror against the population reached a scope
unprecedented in history.
No wonder many Russians look back at Tsarist Russia as a paradise
Oleg Gordievsky, letter to The Independent, 21st July 1998.
Americans also seem to believe that the monarchy is a kind of mediaeval hangover, encumbered
by premodern notions of decorum; the reality is that the British monarchy, for good or ill, is a modern political
institution - perhaps the first modern political institution.
Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, September
There is nothing about which I am more anxious than my country,
and for its sake I am willing to die ten deaths, if that be possible.
Queen Elizabeth I, in 1564.
I consider tolerance as one of the ruler's first duties. I have always tried to be tolerant
and to respect and treat with consideration all kinds of religious beliefs. In this respect the
ruler must not permit any discrimination. During my long reign in Bulgaria there was no persecution of those
belonging to another faith, of Mohammedans or Jews. Had there been any I would have punished
those responsible with the greatest severity.
Ferdinand I, King of the Bulgarians (Abdicated 1918),
Be the person in relation to whom .... all things in your Kingdom
are ordered; the person in whom your people perceive their own nationhood; the person by whose existence and
dignity the national unity is upheld".
General de Gaulle in a speech addressed
to Queen Elizabeth II.
We should all bear carefully in mind the
constitutional safeguards inherent in the monarchy:
While the Queen occupies
the highest office of state, no one can take over the government. While she is head of the law, no politician
can take over the courts. While she is ultimately in command of the Armed Forces, no would-be dictator can
take over the Army.
The Queen's only power, in short, is to deny power to anyone
else. Any attempt to tamper with the royal prerogative must be firmly resisted.
G O Hughes, letter to The Daily Telegraph, 1st September 1998.
all people on the face of the earth, the people of England are a King-loving and aristocracy-loving generation.
However men may indulge in republican reveries in the closet, there is no permanent object of
human sympathy but human beings, that is, no political doctrine's constitution can retain a lasting grasp on
the affections of the mass of mankind - save as they are identified with individuals.
The Times, September 9th 1831, on the occasion of William IV's Coronation.
I have always been vaguely comforted by the sense that the Crown, and therefore the nation,
endures like weathered granite through whatever turpitude and buffoonery may pass in Parliament. There
is also something re-assuring in the knowledge that every Prime Minister, every week, has a confidential and
not necessarily comfortable conversation with a monarch: that is to say with someone who is
not their dependant, not their sycophant, who has no political affiliation beyond patriotism and who has seen
governments rise and fall over decades. This sense of continuity, of a nation mature enough to
be able to make electoral mistakes and later recant without risk of losing its identity, is profoundly useful.
Libby Purves, The Times, 8th September 1998.
of Great Britain Bill would dominate the lifetime of a parliament to the detriment of all other economic and
social affairs, and if passed would change virtually every facet of British life beyond recognition.
From postage stamps to the names of warships, every area of political, social, economic, financial, religious
and civil life would be transformed, and potentially unleash political forces beyond our control or comprehension.
Paul Richards, in the Fabian Society pamphlet Long to reign over us?, August 1996.
There is no doubt that of all the institutions which have grown up among us over the centuries
or sprung into being in our lifetime, the Constitutional Monarchy is the most deeply founded and dearly
In the present generation it has acquired a meaning incomparably
more powerful than anyone had dreamed possible in former times. The Crown has become the mysterious link, may
I say the magic link, which unites our loosely bound but strongly interwoven Commonwealth of
Nations, states and races. People who would never tolerate the assertions of a written Constitution which implies
any diminution of their independence are the foremost to be proud of their loyalty to the Crown.
Winston Churchill, February 1952.
It is the merit of hereditary
Royalty that its virtue as a moral force does not depend on the varying qualities of its representatives;
but what a heaven-sent boon it is when those who are born into the Purple have gifts as truly royal as Prince
Charles's. Under a relentless scrutiny which gives no scope for fraud or fabrication, he has
come across as what the British (no doubt with the overtones of apologetic self-parody which fashion requires)
still call "a jolly good chap." He is, to use another outmoded phrase, "a good
all-rounder." He flies, plays polo, took a creditable university degree, speaks impromptu with fluency,
charm and wit, serves his country not only steadfastly but with lightness of touch and a disarming
capacity for occasional uncalculated indiscretion, and he bears himself towards all who meet him with manly
Editorial, The Daily Telegraph, July 1981.
is a Government in which the attention of the nation is concentrated on one person doing interesting actions.
A Republic is a Government in which that attention is divided between many, who are all doing
Walter Bagehot, The English Constitution.
most odious and repressive regimes in the 20th century have ‘people's' or ‘democratic' in their
names, and that is no accident. The theoretical basis for democracy, egalitarianism, was responsible for the
worst excesses of the French revolution; little blood was shed in support of liberty and fraternity.
Had the hereditary principle been upheld in places as diverse as Libya, Greece, Albania, even Russia, had those
monarchies not been overthrown and replaced by monstrous peoples' regimes, the very lives, never
mind prosperity, of those peoples would have been saved.
It is not necessary
to try to prove the superiority of the hereditary principle over mass democracy, nor to spend much time over
democracy's supposed greatest achievement - the US.
Peter Scanlan, letter to Country
Life, 4th February 1999.
Monarchy is often criticised for being a lottery, but
so is an elected presidency. Britain last had to play the regal lottery in 1952, when it won
handsomely. It has not had to gamble again since then. In the past 45 years Ireland has had to vote in seven
presidents, few of them memorable, most of them just grazing.
We have had just one head
of state, who has performed her duties superbly. Throughout a time of immense social change, indeed revolution,
the centre of the British system has remained calm and outside party politics. That is an incalculable asset
which no republic can come close to matching."
William Shawcross, the article
‘The Irish case for monarchy', The Daily Telegraph, 30th October 1997.
have advantages over democratic politicians. Although they must remain popular ..... they do not have to grub
for votes. Unlike American senators, they are not obliged to start raising money for their re-election
campaign days after the electorate has voted them in. Inheritance has its privileges, for both rulers and the
ruled......For politicians in democracies, the business of government is all too often a great
game, a chance to strut and posture their little moment on the stage, before retiring to directorships and
lecture tours. No such retreat is possible for monarchs, so they are less likely to mess with
the dodgy loan, or fool around with the intern.
Editorial, The Spectator, 13th February 1999.
The monarchy's most important constitutional function is simply to be there: by occupying
the constitutional high ground, it denies access to more sinister forces; to a partisan or corrupt
president, divisive of the nation; or even to a dictator. The Queen's powers are a vital safeguard of democracy
Sir Michael Forsyth, speech 26th January, 1999.
country suffered greatly as a result of the abolition of the monarchy in 1970. We support it, because it is
an institution the country needs, for its unity and its development.
is a Cambodian proverb which says "While you are eating fruit, don't forget who planted it". We must
not forget our King and his vital role in securing a victory for democracy in our country. If
he had not remained here during the elections, or if he had not personally appealed to our citizens to vote,
the population would without doubt have been afraid to participate and we would not have achieved
the 90% turn out that we did. And perhaps the international observers would not have agreed to come."
Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia, July 1998.
monarchy overthrown the sky becomes less brilliant, because it loses a star. A republic is ugliness set free.
Anatole France, first winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1921.
A sovereign must constantly heed the will of his people and at the same time care for the
poor and humble; he is the servant of the law, and the mainstay of social peace and security.
King Albert I of the Belgians, 1909.
My grandfather was of peasant stock
and I am prouder of that than of my throne. Crowns are lost, but the pure blood of those who have
loved the earth does not die.
King Peter I of Serbia.
monarchy fulfils a role which an elected president never can. It formally limits the politicians' thirst for
power because with it the supreme office of the state is occupied once and for all.
Weber, German economist.
Anyone who has walked through the deserted Palaces of
Versailles or Vienna realise how much a part of the life of a nation is lost when a monarchy
is abolished. If Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle were transformed into museums, if one politician competed
against another for the position of President of the Republic, Britain would be a sadder and
less interesting place. Our politicians are not men such as could challenge more than a thousand years of history!
William Rees-Mogg, former Editor of The Times.
king is a king, not because he is rich and powerful, not because he is a successful politician, not because
he belongs to a particular creed or to a national group. He is King because he is born. And
in choosing to leave the selection of their head of state to this most common denominator in the world - the
accident of birth - Canadians implicitly proclaim their faith in human equality; their hope for
the triumph of nature over political manoeuvre, over social and financial interest; for the victory of the
Jacques Monet, Canadian historian.
is helpful when the personality of the head of state is not disputed or contested periodically. The monarch
is the incarnation of popular hope and the repository of national legitimacy.
Comte de Paris (1908-1999).
Have a care over my people. You have my people - do
you that which I ought to do. They are my people. Every man oppresseth and spoileth them without
mercy. They cannot revenge their quarrel, nor help themselves. See unto them - see unto them, for they are
my charge. I charge you, even as God hath charged me. I care not for myself; my life is not
dear to me. My care is for my people. I pray God, whoever succeedeth me, be as careful of them as I am."
Queen Elizabeth I, addressing her judges, 1559.
politician could possibly hope to be more deeply and widely informed about domestic, Commonwealth and international
affairs than The Queen. She has sources of information available to nobody else.
Callaghan, British Prime Minister 1976-79.
Not to be a republican at 20 shows lack
of heart. To be one at 30 shows lack of head.
Francois Guizot, French statesman
The hereditary head of state is like the senior member of a larger
household, representing the national family and its ancestral inheritance while standing above its internal
disputes and intervening only if a major emergency threatens its survival.
Smith, letter to The Daily Telegraph, 16th November 1999.
of a constitutional monarchy is to provide a figurehead to embody a sense of nationhood beyond the divisions
of temporal political argument. Republicans, who choose to give the impression that the British
enjoy as much power as French peasants in the reign of Louis XVI, believe that in a democracy just about everything
that moves has to be elected. This callow approach would result in a polarised and unpleasant society, of which
the prime example is the United States.
Melanie Phillips, The Sunday Times, 7th
Most Australians - contrary to what is constantly claimed - are
not yet republicans. The Queen, touring the country with dignity at this slightly touchy time, says that she
sees herself as the servant of the Australian Constitution and of the people. It is fair to
suggest that many of Australia's republican leaders do not quite see themselves as so answerable.
Geoffrey Blainey, The Age, March 2000.
I had been told the Queen is not
interested in anything political and speaks only on social issues. On the contrary, the Queen is
very well informed on a number of international issues and on security matters.
Putin, Russian president-elect, 18th April 2000.
Q is for the Queen who, in half
a century, hasn't put a foot wrong once. Her accumulated wisdom is extraordinary. Her charm is
infinite. She is duty personified.
The Duke of Devonshire, The Sunday Telegraph, 23rd April
All of us who come here [to the UK] do so because the notion of
Britishness is far more than merely ethnic - or at least we think it is. You may not go on about it as much
as Americans do, but you also have a set of ideas attached to your national identity, and we
admire them. We most admire, in fact, those bits of your national identity which you seem most keen on discarding:
not just boring old political liberty and economic freedom, which we could get in America or
lots of other places, but history, tradition, centuries of stability, tolerance of eccentricity, cars which
drive on the wrong side of the road, flat green lawns and, above all, a Queen, together with
her Heirs and Successors. After spending the first part of my life being a mere citizen, I am delighted to
find myself a subject as well.
Anne Applebaum (on becoming a British subject),
The Spectator, 6th May 2000.
I don't think I really came to appreciate
what royalty meant to you Brits until I came to Wimbledon, with all its pomp and circumstance.
It is tradition, it is such an important factor here and you start thinking it's not bad when you see the effect
it has on people. I suppose the monarchy is a bit like grass at Wimbledon. How long will it
last? My guess is that they will both go on for many, many years to come.
McEnroe, The Sunday Telegraph, 2nd July 2000.
I have previously observed that British
republicans seem to have a blind spot about the family: they do not grasp that the Royal Family
touches some chord in most of us linked with family feeling. Even as an Irishwoman, I feel a warm sense of
maternal protectiveness when I pass Buckingham Palace and see the Royal Standard flying. The
Queen is at home, and a benign matriarchal wisdom prevails over the land.
Kenny, The Daily Telegraph, 1st July 2000.
(Kaiser Franz Josef) was especially
noted for his exceptional attitude to Jewish soldiers serving in the Austrian army, concerning himself
over the availability of kosher food of the highest standard, assuring them of access to the necessary
religious articles and ensuring unhindered Sabbath observance. .... Many of the world's Jews
referred to him as "The King of Jerusalem."
Menachem Gerlitz, The Heavenly City p.210,
They tell us that all Kings are bad; that God never made a King;
and that all Kings are very expensive. But, that all Kings are bad cannot be true: because God
himself is one of them; he calls himself King of Kings; which not only shows us he is a King, but he has
other Kings under him: he is never called King of Republics. The Scripture calls Kings, the Lord's
Anointed; but who ever heard of an anointed Republic?
Association Papers, London,
Britain's constitutional monarchy is one of its greatest strengths
as well as one of its greatest attractions. The monarch is detached from party politics in a way no president
could be. For years, the existence of a monarchy was the guarantee that no would-be dictator
could stage a coup by deploying troops, as the monarch controls the armed services. No latter-day Cromwell
could win power by force. We have had no civil war since Cromwell's and much of that is due
to having had a constitutional monarchy as a focus of loyalty.
Ann Widdecombe MP,
BBC History Magazine, September 2000.
(Europe's monarchs are) all there to listen
to the voice of the people and, without influencing politics, to protect the nation. Their example
gives some credibility to those who think that restoration of King Michael of Romania might help heal recent
wounds. Does the monarchy have a future? It's a very definite reality in today's Europe, and
without it Europe would be a very different place.
Jean-Yves Masson, Eurostar Magazine,