World Royalty: Pomp and Circumspection

Archive Report

Royalty in the 20th Century

Windsors of Britain: The Super Monarchs

Prince Charles of Britain will marry Lady Diana Spencer on July 29, and for an afternoon at least royalty will reign supreme. Throughout much of the world on that day gloomy news of economic troubles, guerrilla wars and energy shortages will be replaced by a kind of modern fairy tale. In England, the event will be partly an indulgence in nostalgia and partly a demonstration of faith in the monarchy. In some “primitive way,” as historian Antonia Fraser described it, the marriage of Charles and Diana means the continuation of a unifying element in British society. The anticipated “magnificence” of the wedding ceremony itself, she wrote, “gives our [national] fantasies a new focus.”1

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