British Monarchy

Handbagged, Review: Maggie and Liz - Handbags at Dawn

Victoria Sadler | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Handbagged is a magnificently funny dramatization of the clash of personalities between the two most iconic Brits of my lifetime - Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth II.

The Monarchy - Worth Every Penny of Your 70p?

Paul Marshall | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK
Paul Marshall

The Queen is dead, long live the... president. And who should this bastion of democracy be? Richard Branson? Boris Johnson? Alan Sugar? Cheryl Cole-shortly to return as the nation's sweetheart?

King Charles III Review: 'Provocative, Bold and Brilliant.'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

What will Charles be like as King? We don't know for sure but many fear it. And we get a dark forewarning in King Charles III, a provocative and controversial future-history play at the Almeida Theatre.

The Threat Prince Charles Poses to the Monarchy's Future

Adam Seldon | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Seldon

The efficacy of the system and the support it commands still depends on the person in charge. The Queen is above politics, a loyal public servant and as long as she remains in office the monarchy is assured. But her activist son means the prospects for monarchy in the future bodes ill...

Will a Small Royal Reshuffle Kick Off Our Biggest Social Change?

Gregor Smith | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

2013 was the year Pope Benedict XVI took the unusual decision of resigning from his post, much to the surprise of those who had followed his works across the world. This year, our own defender of the faith is also resigning - to an extent...

Queen Needs To 'Get A Grip' On Finances

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK

The Queen's household is down to its last £1m in royal reserves, and needs to get a grip on slashing costs, increasing income and sort out a backlog ...

Keep the Queen - But Abolish All the Monarchy's Powers

Joseph Finlay | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

We'd retain the elements people care most about while changing the structures that are most damaging. The symbol remains but the substance is transformed...

Prince George and the Royal Polling Numbers

Simon Atkinson | Posted 22.12.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Atkinson

This week's royal christening seems an appropriate moment to take stock and look at how public opinion towards the royal family is evolving. Overall, the message remains positive, particularly when compared to the bumpy ride that was the 1990s...

Royal Baby Is Born - What Now for Prince Harry?

Ania Poullain-Majchrzak | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK
Ania Poullain-Majchrzak

With the arrival of the new royal baby, poor Prince Harry will fall to fourth in line to the throne. Let's face it: at this point, in the words of Polish saying: a pig would have a better chance of seeing the sky than Harry does of getting crowned King of England.

Is It Time to Privatise the Monarchy?

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Politics
Kieran Turner-Dave

I propose that the priority of the next government budget should be to privatise the monarchy... The only difference is that the royal family will have to dip into their vast personal wealth in order to fund their luxurious lifestyles - and pay their fair share of tax.

Let's Hope the New Royal Baby Lives to See a Republic

John Wight | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Politics
John Wight

The sheer waste of taxpayers' money that goes into the coffers of this dysfunctional family of glorified benefit claimants is surely a crime. We have just seen the tax shenanigans of Prince Charles laid bare, while an intelligent and reasoned explanation of both Prince Andrew and Prince Edward remains at large.

How To Become The British Monarch

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Comedy

With a royal baby on the way, there's no better time to avoid all newspapers brush up one's historical knowledge of the British monarchy. So hit p...

Royalty: Isn't it About Time For a Change at the Top?

Rob Atkinson | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK
Rob Atkinson

Shouldn't our venerable Queen have the chance to savour a bit of real life before her time is up?

Nice Apron, Harry! (PICTURES)

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK

We're used to seeing Prince Harry in his Army officer's uniform, naked in Las Vegas, or in dubious fancy dress. But the 28-year-old had a new l...

These Kate Middleton Pictures Infantilize Us All

Alastair Roderick | Posted 15.04.2013 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

Our morbid fascination with this bizarre, ordinary, family invests them with a sort of inverted dignity just by them doing and saying nothing of real consequence.

Should Richard III Be Welcomed 'Home' to Yorkshire?

Rob Atkinson | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK
Rob Atkinson

The news that ancient remains, discovered under a Leicester car park, have been positively identified as those of King Richard III of England has led,...

Snouts in the Trough - But It's Time Those Living High on the Hog Picked Up the Tab

Rob Atkinson | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK Politics
Rob Atkinson

The thing about politicians is - if they're not talking, or furiously thinking of a way out of their latest web of deceit, or maybe sleeping (a swift forty winks on the backbenches, the ultimate power nap), then they're most likely at some or other official function, stuffing their faces with the finest of freebie food and drink.

A Wondrous New Year's Manifesto for a Republic of Great Britain

Chris Wickett | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Comedy
Chris Wickett

London now suffers more countries-per-monarch than any other city in Europe. This economic burden is just one of many constitutional injustices our head-of-state inflicts upon her subjects. So why did support for the monarchy reach a record high in 2012?

Queen To Visit Cousin At His House

Posted 17.12.2012 | UK Politics

The Queen will attend cabinet on Tuesday to mark her Diamond Jubilee, the first monarch to do so since Queen Victoria. Downing Street confirmed on ...

PICTURES: Queen Takes A Spin In A Motorhome

PA | Posted 22.11.2012 | UK

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh went for a spin in a motorhome today as they toured a caravan factory. The royal couple were ferried in a top o...

My Speech to the UCL Debating Society in Support of Abolishing the Monarchy

Mat Morrisroe | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK Politics
Mat Morrisroe

The motion to abolish the monarchy won the vote in the end and sense won out.

Topless Kate - The Real Price of Tittle Tattle

Stephen M. Twigg | Posted 16.11.2012 | UK
Stephen M. Twigg

So once again we have a paparazzo clandestinely taking photos of an attractive female member of the royal family with her breasts exposed, in what she assumed was a private situation where she was safe - and once again we have editors willing to buy and publish the embarrassing images so the world can gawp at them.

Do We Really Need the Monarchy?

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 01.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

Why exactly are the vast majority in favour of the monarchy in this age of democracy? Has the Queen brainwashed the entire nation? Economically, there seems to be no need for a monarch.

Address to the Nobel Laureates Event at the Sustainable Development Conference Rio+20

HRH The Prince of Wales | Posted 30.12.2012 | UK
HRH The Prince of Wales

As I speak, the world's rainforests continue to be destroyed, wiping out so much of the world's vital biodiversity and removing our chances of storing carbon naturally; and we continue to ignore the painful lessons of the so-called 'Green Revolution' in India by intensifying our food production methods in such blinkered, chemically and technologically-based ways, that the land and the oceans are now both beginning to fail. Tragically, we cannot even plead ignorance of the consequences of our actions, for the scientific evidence is overwhelming and the impacts are well understood.

Why the Queen Makes It Hard to Be a Republican

Greg Jenner | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK
Greg Jenner

I have been, for as long as I can remember, a staunch republican. I skipped the Royal Wedding and went on holiday to Florence, home of the Renaissance Republic, as it seemed the most delightfully pleasant form of protest. I think monarchy is an outdated and inherently absurd form of political power that contradicts every philosophical tenet in my heart - the idea that you can only be born into true royalty is at total odds with modern Britain's democratic principles and emphasis on meritocratic social mobility. Yet, there is a whopping great problem with my frothy-mouthed rhetoric... I bloody love the Queen!