Canadian representative in this diplomatic mission. She revelled in opportunities to mingle with the royalfamily of Tsar Nicholas II as well as other prominent people, recorded
her perspectives of the Russian revolution from the vantage point of
hospital windows overlooking streets where events were taking place,
and finagled her way into prisons, refugee camps and a field hospital
on the southern Russian front by using her social and political connections. Military nurses like Cotton enabled political alliances that
partially kept Russia from becoming allied with
, offered readers detailed accounts of
the investiture, descriptions of the regalia, biographies of members of
the royalfamily, a piece on the ‘spiritual significance of the
Coronation’, and recollections of the grand Delhi Durbar of 1911.
Indians themselves remained almost completely absent in the pictures and
among the authors, though the publication contained advertisements for
an Ayurvedic doctor, the
well-known essay Clive Emsley has estimated a total of 200 prosecutions
under the sedition laws in England during the 1790s, but questioned the
consequent radical appellation of a ‘Reign of Terror’ against progressive opinion.
As I have argued elsewhere, Emsley’s figure, unhelpfully based upon prosecutions
rather than custodial arrests, is almost certainly a considerable underestimation of
the true total,22 but whatever language we may care to use, one thing is clear.
People were frequently inclined to insult the RoyalFamily in these years, and did
well-being of royalty had encouraged a degree of intimacy between worshippers and royals (since 1549 the Book of Common Prayer had included prayers
and suffrages for the sovereign, and prayers for the royalfamily were used from 1604). 4 The previous chapter noted that observances
of prayer days in times of drought could be patchy, as for many the cause was distant. By
contrast, special prayers on royal occasions marked relatable events in the lives of
sovereigns, such as illnesses, recoveries and the birth of children
royal patron, the sponsor of the King’s Men. The family of
history becomes in the drama the family of art only in turn to become
the current family of history. The play’s Prologue says:
‘Think ye see / The very persons of our noble story / As they
were living’ (25–7). But spectators at the Globe
understood the living royal persons as part of the noble story.
The Stuart royalfamily pervades their
Unfinished business: diaspora calls for a royal funeral
The monarchy remained a powerful institution even in early 1975, the year in which it was abolished. No one seriously thought the King would be removed, nor did anyone openly call for the overthrow of the monarchy. The revolution was not anti-monarchical, since the Pathet Lao publicly pledged to uphold the monarchy. The most popular leader of the Pathet Lao was a (minor) member of the extended royalfamily, Souphanouvong, the ‘Red Prince’, who proved to be a figurehead of the movement, but a very
Negotiations at the end of British rule in the Shan States of Burma
represent the Burmese because the British had banished King Thibaw and destroyed the Kon-baung dynasty.
In a continuing effort to exert soft power in the Shan States, the British arranged for the sons of Shan princes to attend British public schools, and they were invited to court ceremonies and introduced to members of the royalfamily. 16 The British also established a school in Taunggyi where sons of the elite not sent abroad were educated. Relationships with British royalty continued to be cordial even as calls for independence were gathering momentum. In 1947 Sao
The British monarchy in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, 1991–2016
monarchy survived the changing historical circumstances
that caused many historians and commentators to predict its demise;
chief among them were decolonisation, Britain’s entry into the
European Common Market in 1973 and the decline of the British race
patriotism that had for so long defined colonial identities. Moreover,
constitutional monarchy survived the crisis in the royalfamily’s
public image in
carefully holding one’s glass over a bowl of water (i.e. drinking the health of the king over the water – a.k.a. King James) only looks quaint to modern eyes. Likewise the wearing of tartan waistcoats in the late 1740s, hanging unlabelled portraits of the exiled Stuart royalfamily in their country houses, and penning and reading poetry evoking the good old days of lost (Stuart) innocence.
Thus when rebellious angels fell,
The very heav’n, where good ones dwell,
Became th’apostate spirits’ hell.
Seeking against eternal right
Gascony. Here too, dynastic
disputes became enmeshed with the Anglo-French conflict. The largest
Spanish kingdom was Castile. The story of the Castilian royalfamily in
the fourteenth century was colourful and dramatic; 19 when Alfonso XI
died in 1350, his legitimate son Pedro was challenged by his
illegitimate son Henry (Enrique) of Trastamara. Both sides received
support from abroad, for, apart from