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How the monarchy manages its image and our money
Author: Laura Clancy

The British royal family has experienced a resurgence in public interest in recent years. During the same period, global inequalities have expanded, leaving huge chasms of wealth inequality between ‘the elites’ and ‘the rest’. Yet, the monarchy is mostly absent from conversations about contemporary inequalities, dismissed as an archaic and irrelevant institution. This is the only book to argue that we cannot talk about inequalities in Britain today without talking about the monarchy.

Running the Family Firm is about the contemporary British monarchy (1953 to present). It argues that media representations (of, for example, royal ceremonies or royal babies) are the ‘frontstage’ of monarchy: this is what we usually see. Meanwhile, ‘backstage’, there are a host of political-economic infrastructures that reproduce the institution: this is what we don’t typically see. This book pulls back the stage curtain of monarchy and exposes what is usually hidden: how it looks versus how it makes its money and power.

Drawing on case studies of key royal figures – the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle – the book argues that media representations of the royal family are carefully stage-managed to ‘produce consent’ for monarchy in the public imagination. That is, the corporate power of monarchy (the Firm) is disguised through media representations of the royal family (the Family Firm). In so doing, the book probes conventional understandings of monarchy, and offers a unique and radical answer to the question ‘why does monarchy matter?’

Monarchy in New Zealand, political rhetoric and adjusting to the end of empire
H. Kumarasingham

House congratulate Queen Elizabeth II on her Diamond Jubilee, to which the House had no objection. The procedure used by Key in the fiftieth term of Parliament was a procedure used since the first term of Parliament. In the thirteenth term a brief session was called to bid farewell to New Zealand’s longest serving Prime Minister, Richard Seddon, in April 1897 to deliver in person the House

in Rhetorics of empire
Mark Hampton

between Empire and Commonwealth, an influence that Whitehall was happy to use on occasion, but which also could create complications, for example when Commonwealth dictators behaved badly or when former colonies were determined to become republics. To avoid such embarrassments, travel by the sovereign was carefully planned to avoid any inadvertent displays of support for anti-monarchical regimes. While Queen Elizabeth II saw the Commonwealth as an opportunity to give the crown a new and important role beyond Britain, the development of this institution also recognised

in Monarchies and decolonisation in Asia
New Zealand’s Maori King movement and its relationship with the British monarchy
Vincent O’Malley

did not stop at Ngaruawahia. As part of planning for another royal tour of New Zealand in the late 1940s – the first by the reigning monarch – Ngaruawahia was initially included on the itinerary, before being removed by an incoming government after 1949 when the King’s illness saw the visit postponed. Following protracted negotiations that went almost up to the final moment, when Queen Elizabeth II

in Crowns and colonies
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The British monarchy in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, 1991–2016
Mark McKenna

pronounced as inevitable, yet the institution’s long-demonstrated capacity for adaptability and reinvention has continually defied predictions of its imminent death. Nonetheless, terminal images prevail. In Australia, Canada and New Zealand, the prospect of Queen Elizabeth II’s death has framed much of the recent public discussion regarding the future of constitutional monarchy. Nowhere more so, perhaps

in Crowns and colonies
Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery

Caribbean Sea. The British Queen reigns over fourteen British ‘overseas territories’ – from Anguilla in the Caribbean to St Helena in the Atlantic and minuscule Pitcairn in the Pacific. 9 She is also Head of State of sixteen states in addition to the United Kingdom (and she was Head of State of several other decolonised states that have now become republics). Queen Elizabeth II is also Head of the

in Crowns and colonies
National identities, sovereignty and the body politic
Laura Clancy

On 20 September 2014, in the wake of the Scottish Independence Referendum, the pro-union, right-wing British broadsheet the Daily Telegraph 's front page was dominated by a photograph of Queen Elizabeth II in the grounds of her Balmoral Estate in the Scottish Highlands, under the headline ‘Queen's pledge to help reunite the Kingdom’ ( Figure 3.1 ). 1 The photograph, entitled Queen of Scots, Sovereign of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle and the Chief of Chiefs , was taken

in Running the Family Firm
Monarchy and media power
Laura Clancy

I have to be seen to be believed. – Queen Elizabeth II, circa 2015 1 We princes … are set on stages in the sight and view of all the world. – Queen Elizabeth I, 1586 2 Four hundred years apart, Elizabeth I and

in Running the Family Firm
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Annaliese Connolly and Lisa Hopkins

Trust. © HM Queen Elizabeth II 2012. 9 Essex meets Elizabeth for the last time. Bette Davis and Errol Flynn in Michael Curtiz’s The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex , Warner Brothers, 1939. Courtesy of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

in Essex
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Jemma Field

1  Portrait of Anna of Denmark by Paul van Somer, 1617. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019. 2  Portrait of Anna of Denmark after Adrian Vanson, c.1595. © Philip Mould & Company. FIELD 9781526142498 Plates.indd 1 21/04/2020 11:57 3  Enamelled gold miniature case set with table diamonds, bearing the monograms of Anna of Denmark, Sofie of Mecklenburg-Gustrow and Christian IV of Denmark, c.1610. © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. 4  Portrait of King James VI by Adrian Vanson, c.1595. © Philip Mould & Company. FIELD 9781526142498

in Anna of Denmark