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Monarchy and the House of Lords
Bill Jones

and millions poured out their grief when Diana died in 1997. However, critics dismiss such things and go on to point out that: the Queen’s personal staff are drawn from the topmost drawer of the aristocratically connected and Eton educated; while her garden parties annually involve a total of 35,000 people, the Queen takes her tea in a tent separate from her guests; and the Diana outpourings were in some measure critical of the Royal Family, which was seen as dysfunctional and unable to empathise with the woman married to the heir to the throne, let alone understand

in British politics today
The houses of Alba, Franco and Bourbon
Duncan Wheeler

for what she considered to be gauche imposters. The roll-call of European nobility who attended her 1947 marriage to the Duke of Sotomayor’s son was absent from the 1950 wedding of Franco’s daughter, Carmen, to playboy doctor, Cristóbal Martínez Bordiú – awarded the title of Marquis of Villaverde – even if the ‘wedding itself was on a level of extravagance that would have taxed any European royal family’. 3 Readers developed a taste for such displays; the 1959 marriage of the Shah of Iran to third wife Farah Diba – wearing a Yves Sant Laurent dress and a tiara by

in Following Franco
Bill Jones

‘efficient’ Walter Bagehot, the most famous authority on the British constitution, made a distinction in the nineteenth century between those aspects which were ‘dignified’ – those that had a mostly ceremonial function, like the monarchy, Privy Council and, to a degree, the House of Lords – and the ‘efficient’ or ‘working’ aspects – like the Commons, departments of state and the law courts. (Moran, 2005, p. 71, points out that ‘dignified’ is not precisely the correct word to describe some of the behaviour of the Royal Family in recent decades.) Parliamentary

in British politics today
Humanitarian diplomacy and the cultures of appeasement in Britain
Rebecca Gill

the German Red Cross, Duke Carl Edouard Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, was able to fraternise and proclaim his message of goodwill in the impeccably courteous manner of a member of the aristocracy (as grandson of Queen Victoria, he was related to the British as well as to many European royal families). 24 Saxe-Coburg was a frequent guest of Queen Mary. That he was able to attend Buckingham Palace in full Nazi uniform without negative comment in the British press reflects both the appetite for appeasement in Britain at this time, including amongst the highest members of the

in The Red Cross Movement
The Barcelona model
Duncan Wheeler

groundwork for fragile counter-intuitive alliances. Samaranch effectively redeemed himself for his Francoist past by becoming the first President of the Olympics Committee to see the Games hosted on home turf. He claims that, under the patronage of the Spanish royal family: ‘The unity amongst everyone and common sense prevailed: an efficient and innovative formula was found to integrate the always active Catalan civil society into the project; hence, the creation of the Barcelona-92 Association of businessmen.’ 34 If, as Keith Dinnie notes, ‘[i

in Following Franco
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The Regeneration of Africa
Bongani Ngqulunga

-third of the land granted to him for allocation to the Swazis, the remainder of the land under concession would be held in freehold title. Native Swazis who resided on the land that had been made the private property of concession holders were given five years to live on the land without eviction. The Swazi royal family enlisted the services of Seme to assist in claiming back its land. He represented King Sobhuza II when the matter was brought before a special court in Swaziland. 24 The Swazis lost the case, as well as a further appeal in

in The Pan-African Pantheon
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
Věra Stojarová

favoured a parliamentary republic). Leka has been living in Albania since 2002 and has been trying to move opinion polls in favour of the monarchy. Even though he had been indicted for illegal weapons smuggling, after a long debate, he obtained a diplomatic passport as an expression of Albania’s effort to reintegrate the royal family into post-communist society. The party advocates awarding the royal family special status and returning their property. It has very little support in society and should be classified as a monarchist party. 21 This party emerged from a 1997

in The Far Right in the Balkans
Bill Jones

of everyone to set up their own organisations representing common interests, like political parties or trade unions, and to vote in choosing the government in regular elections. Some aspects of the constitution are more controversial. Some of these are ancient and regarded as possibly past their utility: The House of Lords has been mostly stripped of its hereditary peers but still (in 2009) awaits comprehensive reform. The role of the monarchy is disputed by some who feel an elected head of state might be preferable. Since the lives of the royal family have

in British politics today
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Algeria’s failed process of democratisation
Francesco Cavatorta

introduced some reforms to give the impression of popular involvement the international dimension of the algerian transition in decision-making, but power stills rests with him and it is likely to be handed down to one of his sons (Vandewalle, 2006). The same can be said for both Egypt (Kassem, 2004) and Syria (Lesch, 2005). Saudi Arabia also is no exception to the trend and the creation of a Council to advise the King in the early 1990s following US and domestic pressure on the royal family did not signify any real democratic change (Basbous, 2004). It is

in The international dimension of the failed Algerian transition