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Why the Crown is at a crossroads

In an hour of legal and constitutional flux, events may soon force the monarchy to become more—or less—powerful

Illustration by Ian Morris

The Crown is at a constitutional crossroads. This is not to say that it will necessarily change direction, but that there are now various routes available for the Crown as an institution, and that it is not bound to go down any particular route or another.

One direction of travel is that the monarchy continues in pretty much its current form, at least outwardly. This form is the post-war creation of “the firm”—an extended royal family, engaged with public affairs, non-partisan, and more important constitutionally for the power it prevents others from having than for any independent exercise…

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