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God save the Green – how do we really feel about the British royals?

Fiona Sherlock


It’s a complicated relationship, but the Irish are fascinated by the sheer soap opera of Britain’s monarchy

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Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to view the platinum jubilee fly-past. Photo: Alastair Grant/PA

Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to view the platinum jubilee fly-past. Photo: Alastair Grant/PA

Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to view the platinum jubilee fly-past. Photo: Alastair Grant/PA

As Britain marks Queen Elizabeth’s platinum jubilee this weekend, are Irish eyes smiling? How does this display of pomp and pageantry sit with us? As peace becomes a presumption instead of a destination, is it possible to observe the proceedings as an inquisitive observer?

When someone throws an elaborate party, people ask: What are they trying to prove? The British monarchy is certainly trying to prove something with the jubilee celebrations: that there is a role for a monarchy in modern Britain; that the institution survives and then thrives, to paraphrase Meghan Markle, despite defections and scandals. 


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