May 28, 2012
The English Monarchy is an ancient institution, dating back
around 1,200 years. Today, England is the only European country
where the monarch is still crowned according to an ancient
coronation rite. In this insightful talk, distinguished journalist
and political commentator Andrew Marr explores how the Queen has
fashioned this historic role within contemporary society.
Dissecting the Queen’s political relationships, Andrew Marr
examines her crucial role as Head of State and as Head of the
Commonwealth, and her deep commitment to that Commonwealth of
Nations. Most particularly, however, he charts the drastic changes
in the media since the Queen’s accession in 1952 and how the
monarchy and the monarch have had to change and adapt as a result.
Indeed, he argues that under the Queen’s watchful eye, the monarchy
has been thoroughly modernized and made fit for purpose in the 21st
The talk is followed by a Q&A session, chaired by HRP curator Sally Dixon-Smith.