On Royalty – Jeremy Paxman

Although there’s a great account of how King Zog of Albania came to the throne, and a few mentions of European royalty in the 20th century, this is really a book about the English monarchy, and in particular, Elizabeth II and her heir-apparent, Charles. It’s beautifully written, easy to read, and packed with fascinating anecdotes. It’s neither a hatchet job on the monarchy, nor a blustering Colonel Blimp defence. Rather, it’s a thoughtful, even-handed look at what the monarchy means: to the royals themselves, to the politicians who form ‘their’ government, and to the ‘loyal subjects’ they hold sway over.

And I loved it.


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