The Queen

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Spectator books of the year: Mark Mason discovers the royal family’s ‘Marmite strategy’

20 November 2015 15:00

Royalty Inc. by Stephen Bates (Aurum Press, £20) is a superb account of how ‘the Firm’ (Windsors rather than Krays)…

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The lunch that began the end of the Cold War

22 October 2015 15:35

It is one of the great counterfactuals of contemporary history, what if Mikhail Gorbachev had walked out of that Chequers…

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Holds His Monthly Press Conference

Sorry Corbyn, Nick Clegg is the expert on snubbing the Queen – not you

8 October 2015 13:03

Today Jeremy Corbyn has cancelled his attendance at what would have been his first meeting of the Queen’s Privy Council…


John Prescott: how I hopped before the Queen

27 September 2015 15:16

Given the criticism that Jeremy Corbyn received when he failed to sing God Save the Queen at a Battle of Britain…

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Revealed: how Jeremy Corbyn could avoid kissing the Queen’s hand

15 September 2015 13:25

With Jeremy Corbyn accepting an invitation to join the Privy Council, the republican will have to kneel before the Queen…


Take it from a Muslim: British coronations should be Christian

9 September 2015 17:12

In 2012 as the Jubilee celebrations began, I was honoured to meet the Queen twice. At Lambeth Palace, three Muslim…

The Queen And Duke Of Edinburgh Visit Wales

WATCH: Nicola Sturgeon sings God Save the Queen

9 September 2015 16:16

As the Queen celebrates becoming Britain’s longest-serving monarch today, David Cameron led tributes for Her Majesty this morning in the Commons ahead of…

The Queen And Duke Of Edinburgh Visit Wales

Our longest-reigning monarch has presided over a second Elizabethan age

9 September 2015 8:15

That the Queen has lived to become our longest-reigning monarch is in itself a sign of the golden age of…

Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her coronation (Photo: STF/Getty)

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…

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The photo of the young Queen playing Nazi is an important historical document. It should shock us

18 July 2015 19:12

What can a image from 1933 ever really tell us? In July 1933, Der Stürmer, the Nazi newspaper, published a cover image of a…

Queen Elizabeth II waits to give the Queen's Speech from the throne in the House of Lords next to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) at the Palace of Westminster on May 27, 2015 in London, England.

Podcast special: the 2015 Queen’s Speech

27 May 2015 14:57

In this View from 22 special podcast, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss the first Conservative Queen’s Speech in…

Queen Elizabeth II delivers the Queen's Speech to the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster during the State Opening of Parliament on May 27, 2015 in London, England.

2015 Queen’s Speech: the new bills announced

27 May 2015 11:47

Her Majesty has just delivered the first Conservative Queen’s Speech in 19 years — or as David Cameron described it,…


The Queen suggests that cricket Tests are a man’s game

14 April 2015 17:59

When Charlotte Edwards collected her CBE today from the Queen for services to cricket, the acclaimed sportswoman and current captain…

Nicola Sturgeon talks to carers during a meeting in Renfrew, Scotland. LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

Nicola Sturgeon shows how she means to go on by picking a fight with the Queen

7 December 2014 22:42

Downing Street, we are told, wants to ‘re-set’ the relationship between Westminster and Holyrood after the referendum. UK ministers apparently want an…

Referendum Debate Continues As Campaigns Enter Final Week

Salmond’s biggest myth

17 September 2014 18:06

When I asked one leading SNP figure right at the start of this process how they would try and win…

Even a look-alike royal womb gets attention... (Photo: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty)

The royal womb watching begins. It’s enough to make you yearn for independence

8 September 2014 13:55

So, there’s the final nail in the coffin of the ‘Better Together’ campaign. The Duchess of Cambridge is up the…

Prince George Of Cambridge First Birthday

Kate and the Queen come out fighting for the Union

8 September 2014 13:25

Well, what a coup for the No campaign. At least that was my first thought before I found, annoyingly, that it…

Estimate and The Queen after winning the Gold Cup in 2013

Don’t jump to conclusions over the positive drugs test on the Queen’s filly ‘Estimate’

23 July 2014 17:02

The news that one of the Queen’s horses, Estimate, tested positive for morphine, a banned substance, hit the headlines yesterday…

The Queen and Prince Philip at today's State Opening of Parliament. Image: Getty

The Queen has just reminded Britain why we don’t need her to abdicate

4 June 2014 12:34

This is a preview of the leading article in the new Spectator, out tomorrow: It would be easy to look at…

The Royals need protection from tactile Australian politicians. (REUTERS/Jason Reed   AUSTRALIA)

Save our Royals from Australian paws

28 April 2014 8:46

How can we stop Australian politicians from touching up members of our Royal Family, in the manner of a libidinous…

Zara Phillips competing in Buckinghamshire this weekend, 12 weeks after giving birth. Image: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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…

A section of HMS Queen Elizabeth II being towed up the Clyde. (Image Getty)

Surely we should have called our new flagship HMS Margaret Thatcher?

28 March 2014 13:00

It’s great news that this summer will see the launch of Britain’s biggest-ever warship, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, built on…

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Video: The Queen’s 2013 Christmas message

25 December 2013 16:26

Her Maj on top form – and highlighting the benefits of the ‘family’ of the Commonwealth. A reminder that, if…


Archbishop Welby poaches the Queen’s spinner

20 September 2013 12:44

As Mr Steerpike reported last week, the Archbishop of Canterbury has been seeking an apostle to spread the good news…