Monarchy

War of the Worlds is as bad as Doctor Who

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Edwardian England deserved everything it got from those killer Martian invaders. Or so I learned from the BBC’s latest adaptation…

Leslie Nielsen and Jeannette Charles in The Naked Gun

From good witch to female Alan Bennett: the Queen on the big screen

9 December 2017 9:00 am

If cinema is propaganda, Elizabeth II can be grateful to it. Film is a conservative art form, and almost nothing…

Out of sorts at the RSC

22 July 2017 9:00 am

The RSC’s summer blockbuster is about Queen Anne. It’s called Queen Anne. It opens at the Inns of Court where…

To save the British monarchy, skip the Prince of Wales

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The Prince of Wales has become a threat to the institution he ought to uphold. He should renounce the throne in advance

Why the Middle East needs more kings

26 September 2015 8:00 am

What the Middle East needs is more constitutional monarchies

The birth of a royal baby is hardly an exciting event

25 April 2015 9:00 am

There are already people camping outside St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, to await the birth shortly of another royal baby, the…

The mysterious pleasure of Magnus Mills

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Since his debut with the Booker-nominated The Restraint of Beasts in 1999, Magnus Mills has delighted and occasionally confounded his…

As a republican, I used to look forward to Charles III. Now I’m scared

31 January 2015 9:00 am

The Prince of Wales has shown himself too vain to accept the limits of constitutional monarchy

Elizabeth is about to become Britain’s longest-reigning queen. Here’s how she’s changed monarchy

3 January 2015 9:00 am

This year the Queen will become the longest-serving monarch in British history. Her rule defines our era

My ghosts of Athens; a shooting and a royal wedding

27 September 2014 9:00 am

Athens This grimy semi-Levantine ancient city has its beauty spots, with childhood memories indelibly attached. There is a turn-of-the-century apartment…

The Spectator's Notes: French presidents used to have a touch of the monarch. Not any more

18 January 2014 9:00 am

When I interviewed Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, the former president of France, for my biography of Margaret Thatcher, I asked him…

Conrad Black’s farewell to the British press

3 August 2013 9:00 am

The astonishing level of enthusiasm over the birth of the new prince goes far beyond the pleasure that people naturally…