Monarchy

‘Typical Dutch’

29 January 2013 12:19

There has been much hilarity in the wake of the abdication of Queen Beatrix. The obvious comparisons between Willem-Alexander of…

Cosmo Lang, his part in Edward VIII’s downfall

10 December 2012 9:30

In December 1936, following the Abdication of Edward VIII, a rhyme circulated about the Archbishop of Canterbury, Cosmo Lang: ‘My…

Henry Jermyn – the hidden power behind Charles II’s throne

4 December 2012 10:00

350 years ago, Charles II ruled over a Britain whose destiny – as a world power or a defeated backwater…

Kate Middleton pregnant, the world reacts

3 December 2012 23:16

Ask not where I was when I heard that the Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant, ask rather where I was…

The Hippy King

26 November 2012 17:55

Last month I brought you news that Prince Charles was blocking Freedom of Information requests to ensure that his communications with government…

William Rowley and the death of Prince Henry – poetry

5 November 2012 10:26

‘To the Grave’ Unclasp thy womb, thou mortuary shrine, And take the worst part of the best we had. Thou…

Prince Charles’ letters covered up again

16 October 2012 14:17

It is no secret that the Prince of Wales is a plant-whispering greeny; but the precise nature (and bias) of his…

The Duchess of Cambridge’s dignity

17 September 2012 12:53

Mr Steerpike is no Middleton fan, but it has to be said that the Duchess of Cambridge has maintained her composure remarkably well…

Pippa Middleton cashes in

30 August 2012 16:54

Mr Steerpike was overcome with joy when he read the press release from Pippa Middleton’s publishers. It told him that…

Compromised by not compromising

24 July 2012 14:51

‘In a relationship, when does the art of compromise become compromising?’ Thus spoke Carrie Bradshaw. Such knowledge suggests that I…

A question for Martin McGuinness

27 June 2012 13:30

‘God speed’ was apparently what Martin McGuinness said to the Queen when they met a short time ago. I wonder…

A Jubilee moment of historic significance

22 June 2012 16:30

Martin McGuiness will meet Her Majesty the Queen and shake her hand in Northern Ireland. This is a seminal moment.…

Vivat Regina

10 June 2012 17:00

This article appears in the latest issue of Spectator Australia. We thought that CoffeeHousers would like to read it. The…

Why the Jubilee Coverage was so bad

6 June 2012 10:45

One of my objections to monarchy is that it is a vulgar institution that encourages verbosity, prurience, sycophancy and banality.…

Rain and royalty

3 June 2012 23:30

This picture, to me, sums up today’s Jubilee flotilla: drenched Royal College of Music students cheerfully singing Land of Hope…

Inside our Jubilee Special

3 June 2012 13:30

The rain makes today’s Jubilee celebrations a truly British event. We didn’t want any of this continental sun, anyway. The…

The Queen Does Not Inspire; That’s a Feature Not a Bug

31 May 2012 13:01

Can’t republicans do better than this? If keeping quiet and cutting ribbons is all we can expect of our head…

The Queen’s Speech: full text

9 May 2012 11:47

My Government’s legislative programme will focus on economic growth, justice and constitutional reform.   My Ministers’ first priority will be…

The Queen’s speech to Parliament (minus John Bercow)

20 March 2012 12:37

The Queen has just delivered her Diamond Jubilee address to Parliament, which you can watch below. CoffeeHousers will be terribly…

From the archives: Britain’s new Queen

6 February 2012 18:07

To mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne in 1952, here is the leader that…

The building of our history

31 October 2011 16:24

Athens, for all its current woes, still has the Parthenon. Rome has the Colosseum, Paris the Louvre, Berlin the Reichstag,…

Reigning for dummies

22 October 2011 18:24

  What is the Queen’s secret? She seems to defy political gravity. Right now, an English monarch is in Australia being…

This year’s other Royal Wedding

30 July 2011 18:14

Coffee House congratulations to Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall, who were married in Edinburgh today. Footage via ConservativeHome:

A (slightly belated) Birthday message for Prince Philip

11 June 2011 21:16

The Spectator is very proud to be the purveyor of a long-distance birthday message to Prince Philip, who turned 90…

HMQ & BHO

26 May 2011 15:07

A lovely picture of Her Majesty with the Obamas. Captions please! (Also, what joke is Prince Philip keeping to himself?)…