The Queen’s funeral, and the accession of Charles III, were adorned with suitably majestic ceremony. Some of it was genuinely moving, particularly the committal at St George’s Chapel, Windsor as the coffin descended to the vault below, an authentic testament to Elizabeth II’s Christian faith. Taken as a whole, the last fortnight’s monarchy-fest tells us much about modern Britain, positive and negative.
Among the positives, the Windsors have not lost their flair for elaborate spectacles which fall just short of kitsch. Their national, heraldic and religious symbols invoke a version of state unity above and beyond the political hurly…
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