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The King’s Speech as melodrama
Nicola Rehling

instances of cruelty reinforce the Prince’s own belief that the Windsors are not a family but a ‘firm’ – a reference to the beginning of the royal family circulating as a brand in the global marketplace. The pressures of the nuclear family and the impossibility of reconciling private desires with patriarchal power and duty – that is, the stuff of family melodramas – are rendered more acute for royals since

in The British monarchy on screen
John M. MacKenzie

Empire in 1901, to India in 1905 and again for the Delhi Durbar in 1911, a good deal of time was set aside for shooting and an interesting gendered distinction was introduced (earlier tours had been male-only affairs). 9 When the Duke went on his more or less lengthy hunting trips, the Duchess was taken on tours to cultural and historical centres, as well as to places of particular scenic interest. Similarly, royal tours in Africa, until well into the twentieth century, usually included big-game safaris, which linked the interests and tastes of the royal family to

in Dividing the spoils
Hilary Sapire

radicals; a crowd of 65,000 people gathered to pay homage to the royal family when they came to Durban on 22 March 1947 at an event presided over by ‘moderate’ A. I. Kajee and supported by a wide range of organisations – from sporting clubs to the Hindu Tamil Institute and Indian Scouts Association, many of which had also supported passive resistance. There were several reasons why Indians turned out in such

in The break-up of Greater Britain
The republican referendums in South Africa and Rhodesia
Christian D. Pedersen

also emerged in the 1960s. In an age of imperial decline, some intellectuals no longer saw the monarchy as an appropriate symbol for an independent and modern Australia; a rhetoric of new nationalism supplanted older narratives of empire loyalty. The royal family became an object of satire in the media, as the pomp and circumstance surrounding monarchy grew increasingly remote and outdated. The younger

in The break-up of Greater Britain
Richard Dutton

further regime change, it is a very early and indirect one. All these dimensions may be implicit in Q1, but it is Q2 that realizes them. As Q2 is the first text to discuss ‘innovasion’, it is also the first to raise the question of how Claudius succeeded to the throne rather than (young) Hamlet. The answer, of course, is that Denmark historically had an elective monarchy, albeit one that tended to make its selection within the same royal family. A court whose Queen was sister of the King of Denmark might be expected to know this. It is never an issue in Q1. The closest

in Doubtful and dangerous
John M. Mackenzie

surviving albums, members of the middle class began to collect the small cartes de visite photographs of royalty, famous statesmen, soldiers, and theatrical personalities as part of a developing personality cult, a careful manipulation of publicity by public figures ranging from the royal family (whose photographic popularity was engineered by the Queen herself) to music hall celebrities. Large framed

in Propaganda and Empire
Dominic Bryan, S. J. Connolly, and John Nagle

. The flags dispute On 3 December 2012, after a majority vote in Belfast City Council comprising the representatives of Sinn Féin, SDLP and Alliance, the Union flag was lowered from its position above City Hall. The new policy was that it was to fly only on designated days, most of which are the birthdays of members of the royal family. That members of Sinn Féin, a republican party, were prepared to vote for a Union flag to be raised on royal occasions may appear odd. In fact it was a calculated symbolic strategy, communicating to many

in Civic identity and public space
Philippa Gregory’s narratives of national grievance
Siobhan O’Connor

mourning that was, according to Hilary Mantel, ‘a “natural and necessary” act of communion’ (Mantel, 2017 ). Diana’s death facilitated a form of national solidarity, of Benedict Anderson’s simultaneity, but its articulation was retrospective: it took the form of yearning for something that had been taken away (Anderson, 1983 : 23). The feeling engendered was grievance. Popular disaffection with the rest of the royal family, though temporary, would have important long-term implications. The nationalism that emerged from it left the underlying principles of monarchy

in The road to Brexit
Britons and their collectibles in late eighteenth-century India
Tillman W. Nechtman

Company employees. The Tower of London had been home to the royal family’s menagerie since the thirteenth century, and by the eighteenth century it had been opened to the public as an early zoo. Lady Mary Coke went to the Tower in March 1768. In her diary, Lady Coke recorded that she, Lord and Lady Stafford and Lord Bessborough all ventured to the Tower. For Lady Coke, who had been previously, nothing was

in The cultural construction of the British world
Race, imperialism and the historic city
Emma Robertson

was legitimised through reference to its long history of being ‘capital of the north’, once the headquarters of the monarchy in the north of England. I will now examine the ways in which Rowntree adopted images and rhetorics of the monarchy in presenting itself as an intrinsically patriotic enterprise, and the extent to which the firm engaged with the position of the royal family as figureheads of the

in Chocolate, women and empire