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English Debate: Daniel Hannan revels in making mince meat of Gordon Brown
Crazy Canucks: British MP banned from Canada on national security grounds
Happy St. Patrick's: Will Ireland ever return to the Commonwealth?
Voyage Through the Commonwealth: World cruise around the faded bits of pink.
No Queen for the Green: The Green Party of Canada votes to dispense with monarchy.
"Sir Edward Kennedy": The Queen has awarded the senator an honorary Knighthood.
President Obama: Hates Britain, but is keen to meet the Queen?
The Princess Royal: Princess Anne "outstanding" in Australia.
H.M.S. Victory: In 1744, 1000 sailors went down with a cargo of gold.
Queen's Commonwealth: Britain is letting the Commonwealth die.
Justice Kirby: His support for monarchy almost lost him appointment to High Court
Royal Military Academy: Sandhurst abolishes the Apostles' Creed.
Air Marshal Alec Maisner, R.I.P. Half Polish, half German and 100% British.
Cherie Blair: Not a vain, self regarding, shallow thinking viper after all.
Harry Potter: Celebrated rich kid thinks the Royals should not be celebrated
The Royal Jelly: A new king has been coronated, and his subjects are in a merry mood
Victoria Cross: Australian TROOPER MARK DONALDSON awarded the VC
Godless Buses: Royal Navy veteran, Ron Heather, refuses to drive his bus
Labour's Class War: To expunge those with the slightest pretensions to gentility
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Thursday, 21 February 2008

The Tripartite Crown

I am a tripartite monarchist. By that I mean I consider myself part High Church Royalist, part constitutional monarchist and part British Crown loyalist, the three parts of the equation that make up my understanding of monarchism. To deprive me of just one of these pillars, would probably cause me to question whether the whole venture was even worthwhile. Monarchism = Royalism + Constitutionalism + Loyalism.

The High Church Royalism is the Tory part, the lust for hierarchy and ceremony and tradition, the joy of pomp and pageantry, the honour of chivalry and heraldry, the love for anachronism. 'Dieu et mon droit', 'Honi soit qui mal y pense' is the ancient side of monarchy, the symbolic side, the sentimental side. As G.K. Chesterton once wrote, "No one can understand tradition, or even history, who has not some tenderness for anachronism."

Cavalier tastes, but Roundhead values. The constitutional part of monarchy is the principled Whig formulation that gave us the 'Glorious Revolution', the Act of Settlement and the supremacy of Parliament. This is the practical part of monarchy: the legal Crown, the Fount of Justice and the Constitution of Liberty; the Sovereign or Head of State; Her Majesty's Government; the Commander-in-Chief. Constitutional monarchy is necessarily dedicated to the notion of the nation-state and its working components.

The Loyalist side of monarchy is not. United Empire Loyalists, the Royal Over-Seas League - that's the fraternal part, the personal side of monarchy. We are all subjects of Her Majesty, regardless of nationality and statehood. All Crown Commonwealth countries are in Personal Union with the British Monarch. It is a fraternity, an Anglo fraternity if you like, a fellowship we can extend to the United States and all nations who grew up under the British Crown; indeed, to all those Americans who still feel a certain attachment and personal bond with our Queen. Of the three pillars of monarchy, the pillar of kinship is the most in need of shoring up. It was strongest at the peak of Empire, but also prevailed magnificently during the Second World War, the splendour of the Queen's Coronation and even for a time following the most recent Royal Weddings, where the residual magic and mysticism of the British Monarchy still lingered. Unfortunately the fraternity and kinship of which I speak is now all but dead.

There is a reason for this, and again we turn to Chesterton who pointed out that the "fundamental sense of human fraternity can only exist in the presence of positive religion...only where death and eternity are intensely present can human beings fully feel their fellowship." Therein lies our drift, I think, the drift that pronounces with increasing confidence that our Queen and Crown are foreign. Loyalty is dead. Long live the individual.

6 comments:

David Byers said...

Beaverbrook, I understand the sentiments you put forward in your article. However I always keep in mind how the general public view the Crown, because here in Australia everyone must vote and as a result if there is ever another vote on the Crown we must get that 50% +1. I will soon write a piece myself on this very issue.

The Man Who Was Thursday said...

I'm a monarchist because of Divine Right. This is the fundamental mistake of the American Revolution (think about the nature of very word, 'revolution'). I find it difficult for one to be catholic without upholding the monarchy, and likewise find it difficult for one to be a monarchist without being catholic.

As an American, I support my government and am a loyal patriot (now that the deed has been done); 'give to Caesar' after all. But I long for the day when our country returns to its roots in the appropriate way.

Shaftesbury said...

The Americans lost their right to be in the fraternity when they overturned British Rule in the Thirteen Colonies.

I disagree with you BB. The Americans cannot be in the "club." They, and their Governments, more than most, have done the most to undermine the Crown and British prestige around the globe.

Beaverbrook said...

I understand your point, Shaft, but if individual Americans love our Queen, we cannot deny them that connection.

Shaftesbury said...

Individuals, Yes. The collective - No.

Loyalist said...

All that you said in this entry is true. If outlines exactly what monarchy means to the Commonwealth.

And sadly you where right when you said "Loyalty is dead" for the majority of people. Ignorance and childish politcal views are the cause for republicanism. And yet we loyalists sit here and let it happen. Is there not anything any of us can do to resurect the pride in our nation and monarchy.