Royal family

Koo d’etat

30 November 2019 9:00 am

From 16 October 1982: Prince Andrew’s Caribbean holiday with Miss Koo Stark (following, perhaps prompted by, months of all-male company…

The Queen, and indeed the British public, deserve better than The Crown’s lies

23 November 2019 9:00 am

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently met with survivors of national disasters. They were attending the launch of a…

Robert Hardman: My private encounter with David Cameron and the Queen

28 September 2019 9:00 am

David Cameron’s revelation that he sought ‘a raising of the eyebrow’ from the Queen during the 2014 Scottish referendum campaign…

Letters: Prince Harry has been searching for purpose since he left the army

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Harry’s army career Sir: I believe Jan Moir has misread the situation over Harry and Meghan (‘By royal disappointment’, 24 August).…

The royals should embody virtue – not signal it

24 August 2019 9:00 am

ONE should not be censorious if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex fly in private jets to their holidays, though…

By royal disappointment: Meghan and Harry’s behaviour is undermining the monarchy

24 August 2019 9:00 am

August on Royal Deeside. Soft rain falls without cease on the Caledonian pine forests, it soaks into the ancient peatlands…

The royal family at this year’s Trooping the Colour (Getty)

We need the monarchy more than ever

24 August 2019 9:00 am

One part of our unwritten constitution has been functioning perfectly during the Brexit upheaval: the monarchy. Unhappy behaviour by some…

A hotel dressed like the Queen Mother: Siren at the Goring reviewed

27 July 2019 9:00 am

The Goring is a tiny grand hotel near Victoria Station and the Queen’s garden wall. Victoria is not pleasant —…

Portrait of the week: Boris’s barney, a stink at Southern Water and a pricy royal renovation

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Home A neighbour of Boris Johnson, 55 (a candidate for the leadership of the Conservative party and hence for the…

Will more babies be called Archie now the royals have chosen it?

18 May 2019 9:00 am

Royal name games Will more children be called Archie following the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son?…

A royal baby reminds us why the monarchy matters

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Strictly in terms of its implications for the succession, the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son this…

How the cult of victimhood took hold of the royal family

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Over the centuries, the British royal family have been many things: conquerors, vanquishers, tyrants and buffoons. They have been denied…

The Royals in 1972. Photo: Press Association

Watch Paxo set a new PB for lip-curling: Paxman On The Queen’s Children reviewed

9 February 2019 9:00 am

You might well expect a royal documentary on Channel 5 to be unashamedly gossipy. You might also expect it to…

Poking fun at the royals is good for the monarchy

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Isn’t Meghan fabulous? Hasn’t she totally brought the monarchy into the 21st century? Doesn’t she make Kate look like such…

Harry, Meghan and the irresistible rise of the glamocracy

9 December 2017 9:00 am

The world may be dazzled by Prince Harry marrying a divorced, mixed-race American TV star. But his grand friends and…

Meghan Markle ticks almost every modern box. Let’s not pretend she’s a tough sell

2 December 2017 9:00 am

We are congratulating ourselves and the royal family on overcoming prejudice by welcoming Meghan Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry. But…

Is a Princess Meghan really such good news?

2 December 2017 9:00 am

‘The thing is,’ said my friend, after the broadcast of the engagement interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, ‘you…

Thanks to Diana, the royals are done for

31 August 2017 1:00 pm

We are approaching an important royal anniversary, which I trust will be marked with a display of the appropriate reverence…

Diana the diva

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Twenty years in August since Diana died. The anniversary is sad for me on many levels — she was definitely…

The Spectator’s Notes

15 July 2017 9:00 am

For some time now, banks have wielded hamfistedly the concept of the ‘politically exposed person’. They have withdrawn bank accounts…

The 90th birthday present that the Queen really wants

23 April 2016 9:00 am

The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations start this week with the real thing and barely stop until her official birthday in…

To save the British monarchy, skip the Prince of Wales

9 April 2016 9:00 am

On 21 April Queen Elizabeth II marks her 90th birthday, the first of our reigning monarchs ever to do so,…

Is this the real Queen? (Photo: Getty)

So the Queen's a Satanist cannibal? I’d still swear allegiance

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Roy was a superb mechanic, a methodical master of his trade. For an hour I respectfully watched him work to…

The secret brilliance of Prince Philip’s ‘gaffes’

7 November 2015 9:00 am

I’ve just been on the receiving end of a Prince Philip gaffe, of sorts, and I loved it. It was…

N.M. Gwynne’s diary: Old names worth dropping

17 October 2015 9:00 am

As I get older (and my 74th birthday is now close), I get deeper and deeper into nostalgia. I do…