The Queen

My lunch with the Queen

17 September 2022 9:00 am

None of this would have happened had I accepted my neighbour’s invitation to dine with a Swiss billionaire banker, or…

It’s wrong to ban China from the lying-in-state

16 September 2022 7:55 pm

Unlike some Americans, China’s communists have no problem getting their heads around hereditary monarchy. Last week, President Xi sent his…

How the Queen helped to fix Germany

12 September 2022 5:30 pm

The Brandenburg Gate has often reflected the state of the German nation. Throughout the centuries, Berlin’s iconic landmark has been…

The Archbishop of Canterbury has risen to the occasion

10 September 2022 4:01 am

Archbishop Justin Welby has done a good job of relating the Queen’s virtues to her Christian faith. This is no…

King Charles's first address as monarch in full

10 September 2022 3:55 am

I speak to you today with feelings of profound sorrow. Throughout her life, Her Majesty the Queen – my beloved mother…

Parliament's poignant tributes to the Queen

10 September 2022 12:11 am

That so many people have wanted to say something about how the Queen touched their lives, whether or not they…

Our country's saddest day

9 September 2022 5:20 am

This is our country’s saddest day. In the hearts of every one of us there is an ache at the…

My beloved mother

9 September 2022 4:00 am

The death of my beloved mother Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and…

The monarchy will survive Diana's death (1997)

31 August 2022 3:00 pm

Today marks 25 years since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Andrew Roberts wrote The Spectator’s cover story that…

The royal rabble vs the Queen

13 June 2022 10:45 pm

By and large, the Platinum Jubilee celebrations were a success. Barring the odd moment of inexplicable poor taste, it was…

Monarchy is the guarantor of democracy

4 June 2022 9:00 am

Like many people who do not share his views, I have felt intermittent admiration for Peter Tatchell over the past…

I hope my son will inherit the Queen’s kindness

4 June 2022 9:00 am

When I was asked by an old friend to write this diary, I did my usual thing of: ‘Yeah I’d…

Where to take Jubilee tea: Fortnum & Mason reviewed

4 June 2022 9:00 am

I went to a garden party at Buckingham Palace once. It is coloured in my memory like childhood. There are…

The quiet radicalism of Elizabeth II

4 June 2022 9:00 am

Luckily for us, the Queen has always trusted her instincts

You can make anything up about the royal family and it will be printed as a matter of fact

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Royal gossip is largely invented, says Philip Hensher – but Tina Brown repeats it regardless

The Prince Andrew conundrum

30 March 2022 10:10 pm

Prince Philip’s memorial service yesterday was an affecting occasion. The hymns, including Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer and Britten’s…

Breathe easy: how respiratory viruses evolve to become milder

26 February 2022 9:00 am

How respiratory viruses evolve to become milder

Will Prince Andrew fuel a republican boom?

16 February 2022 10:06 pm

So that’s then. After years of claims and counter-claims, Prince Andrew has settled with Virginia Giuffre for an eight-figure sum…

70 years on: the making of Queen Elizabeth II

5 February 2022 9:00 am

The making of Queen Elizabeth II

Prince Andrew's royal excommunication is complete

14 January 2022 5:41 am

Prince Andrew has been well and truly cut adrift. By his only family. From birth, he was styled His Royal…

My brush with a royal literary crisis

31 July 2021 9:00 am

The past week has seen another media splash about the self-exiled Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Following the recent ruckus…

Portrait of the week: Freedom off, GB News on and the Queen’s tea with Biden

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Home The lifting of coronavirus restrictions was delayed from 21 June until 19 July, probably. The motive was to avoid…

Did any of this actually happen? The Crown, season four, reviewed

14 November 2020 9:00 am

‘We have to stop it now!’ says Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter), smoking another cigarette, obviously. She’s talking about the…

Why ‘The’ Queen should not be capitalised

22 August 2020 9:00 am

I complained mildly seven years ago that the Court Circular, the official source for the doings of the British monarchy,…