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What is “Britishness”?

Part 13: The Monarchy

The British have a love-hate relationship with their monarchy. It is an archaic and mysterious institution, part pomp and pageantry and part soap opera. The ceremony associated with the monarchy is part of our national identity and something we have a reputation for doing well — changing the guard, trooping the colour, the State opening of Parliament, and beating retreat are all colourful and exciting spectacles, packed with historic symbolism, theatre and meaning. Rolling out the red carpet for formal state visits by world leaders is impressive and has…