Queen Elizabeth II

How Britain should handle a Trump visit, by the former ambassador to Washington

5 August 2017 10:06

For reasons I find hard to fathom the French did not come out in force to riot against the recent…

Welcome to the era of the boring Royals

4 May 2017 18:50

The news that Prince Philip will be retiring from his royal duties from August is a terrible blow. It’s entirely…

How to avoid becoming a great bore of today

1 May 2016 7:20

I was interested to read recently that Her Majesty The Queen’s party planner, Lady Elizabeth Anson, makes a point of…

Is anyone surprised that the Queen didn’t approve of gay marriage?

7 March 2016 15:43

Of all the frankly riveting stuff in the Daily Mail’s serial of what it calls ‘The Unknown Queen’ — nicely timed…

In the age of democracy, a monarchy keeps the powerful humble

9 September 2015 17:33

My six-year-old, when told that there was a princess of England with the same name as her, was astonished to…

The Queen has proven herself to be a shrewd asset manager

9 September 2015 12:20

One person who has never shown much interest in corporate correctness is Her Majesty the Queen — but if you…

The Queen will do her duty. It is the duty of her peoples to match her example

9 September 2015 8:00

This leader was originally published in The Spectator on 5 June 1953, following the coronation of Elizabeth II on 2 June.  The…

There’s only one person who can save the Queen’s corgis

29 July 2015 11:16

The Queen, we learnt earlier this month, has decided not to take on any more corgi pups as, at the…

Why is the Royal family so bothered by its own archives?

20 July 2015 12:00

I should declare an interest – because I work for the Sun. But even so, I cannot quite see what…

The Queen’s achievement

30 December 2014 12:23

There will be much reason to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen becoming the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Although it…

Palace intrigue – is Her Majesty’s press corps on the verge of revolt?

23 October 2014 17:38

Her Majesty’s Loyal Press Corps are on the verge of revolt. Minutes of a recent meeting of the Press Gallery…

Political euphemism, Ulster-style

23 June 2014 15:38

There was such a cherishable quote from DUP leader Peter Robinson on the occasion of the Queen’s visit to his…

Zara Phillips and The Queen are a well-needed breath of fresh air

22 April 2014 18:32

‘Look at how fantastic Kate looks on her tour of Australia and New Zealand’, everyone exclaims. ‘And she only gave…

The Irish Question, as recorded by The Spectator

10 April 2014 17:36

As the Irish president is making the first visit to the United Kingdom by an Irish head of state, some…

An extraordinary event in the history of Anglo-Irish relations

9 April 2014 14:11

If there’s one thing a poet is good for, it’s memorable circumlocution, which is why Michael D Higgins (the D…