The royals fascinate millions — but not Dalrymple

The doctor-writer says that the British monarchy is odd at many levels.

  • It has no justification in philosophical first principles
  • Its flummery is often ridiculous
  • It exacts a toll on those caught up in it

He notes that the enthusiasm of the population

for what is, after all, a group of self-confessedly ordinary people who are obviously acting a part, is mysterious. Yet the monarchy costs much less than the Italian presidency and is of a fascination to millions (myself not included).

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