Hereditas Historiae

Website hosted by Irène Diependaal to foster some historical knowledge necessary to understand our present times

 

A royal engagement in a troubled age


Walter Bagehot, The English Constitution, 1867:

'A family on the throne is an interesting idea also. It brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life. No feeling could seem more childish than the enthusiasm of the English at the marriage of the Prince of Wales. They treated as a great political event, what, looked at as a matter of pure business, was very small indeed. But no feeling could be more like common human nature as it is, and it is likely to be. The women - one half the human race at last - care fifty times more for a marriage than a ministry. All but a few cynics like to see a pretty novel touching for a moment the dry scenes of the grave world. A princely marriage is the brilliant edition of a universal fact, and, as such it rivets mankind... Just so a royal family sweetens politics by the seasonable addition of nice and pretty events. It introduces irrelevant facts which speak to 'men's bosoms' and employ their thought.'


Nicola Jennings - The Observer, 26 November 2017



Marten Morland - The Times, 28 November 2017



Martin Rowson - The Guardian, 28 November 2017



Dave Brown - The Independent, 28 November 2017



'MARKLE, Philip, dear. MEGHAN MARKLE! Harry's not marrying Angela Merkel!'

Mac - The Daily Mail, 28 November 2017



Matt - The Daily Telegraph, 28 November 2017



Brookes - The Daily Telegraph, 28 November 2017



Blower - The Daily Telegraph, 29 November 2017



Walter Bagehot, The English Constitution, 1867 (following the former quotation):

'To state the matter shortly, royalty is a government in which the attention of the nation is concentrated on one person doing interesting actions. A Republic is a government in which that attention is divided between many, who are all doing uninteresting actions. Accordingly, so long as the human heart is strong and the human reason weak, royalty will be strong because it appeals to diffused feelings, and Republics weak because they appeal to the understanding.'


Postscript: Irène Diependaal has collected some editorial comments on the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in another section of Hereditas Historia: On monarchy and royalty.