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Editorial: Monarchs, leaders and stars

Bronwen Maddox introduces the April edition of Prospect

By Bronwen Maddox   April 2011

Prospect this month asks what British people want from the monarchy. The overwhelming answer, in our national poll, and from our writers, is that it should continue. As Simon Jenkins puts it, you wouldn’t invent it, but Britain can still be glad it’s there. Edwina Currie calls the Queen a “good egg”; Eric Hobsbawm pronounces the monarchy “useful”; many share Anthony Seldon’s optimism about the marriage of William and Kate.

I’m glad the goodwill exists. It’s part of the deep good humour of British life. But I don’t, myself, share the views that lead to it. I’m a regretful republican;…

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