Monarchy

Presents fit for a king?

1 August 2013 12:44

Forget the unedifying spectacle of today’s appointments to the House of Lords; a much more sought-after list is doing the…

Royal filler

22 July 2013 12:57

Prince Charles told it like it is when he was hijacked by the royal baby press pack this morning: ‘Absolutely…

One is getting impatient

17 July 2013 13:36

Commenting on the imminent royal baby, Brenda, who is set to become a great-grandmother again, seems overwhelmed with joy: ‘I…

Jane Austen and Winston Churchill are practically the only credible banknote candidates

26 June 2013 12:37

Silly season is here. A minor row has broken out over which long-dead figures should appear on the reverse side…

Did the taxpayer contribute to the ‘Royal Wedding of the North’?

24 June 2013 13:58

Mr Steerpike is a romantic at heart and a conservative, so I like love and marriage. Yet I was irritated…

A regal opportunity

13 June 2013 16:20

The Middleton family’s party website is set for a revamp, I hear. James Middleton was serving his own cupcakes at…

The Duchess of Cambridge on a visit this morning. Picture: Getty

David Cameron should have read Hilary Mantel’s essay before criticising it

19 February 2013 13:36

How stupid of David Cameron to join this absurd row over Hilary Mantel’s-speech-turned-LRB-essay on monarchy. I strongly suspect that the Prime Minister was…

Hilary Mantel’s sympathy for the royals

19 February 2013 12:47

Hilary Mantel has got into hot-water over a piece she has written about monarchy for the London Review of Books.…

Charles ‘most popular Prince of Wales ever’

15 February 2013 17:24

I wonder what Prince Charles makes of the fashion for abdication? Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and the Pope are…

‘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…