A year of celebration – for a British institution

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From: William Snowden, Butterbowl Gardens, Leeds.

EVEN before the celebrations to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee have begun, there are sour mutterings from mean-minded malcontents: the concept of monarchy is anachronistic, they claim; a residue of the old residuum of the old class system; and all the attendant pageantry is just extravagant frippery.

Oh, what a dull, grey country this would be if all those communists in “republican” clothing held sway!

But their arguments are specious; they do not stand the test of reasonableness.

The British monarchy is a consequence and reflection of our long history. But it is also an institution that has evolved and openly adapted from the early concept of the “divine right of kings” to one of rule by common consent; for without public consent the position of the constitutional monarch would be untenable.

For 60 years, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II has represented this country, at home and abroad, with exemplary devotion and dignity, and calm resolution. A source of national pride. In stark contrast to those political heads of state whose opprobrium tarnished their office and nation.

From: George Appleby, Clifton, York.

WE have gone through life with the Queen and she has radiated this throughout with Prince Philip at her side. God bless them both in her Diamond year as Queen and long may she reign. Maybe with less responsibility and a trainee deputy.

From: Malcolm Naylor, Otley.

SATURATION monarchist propaganda dominates the news and those who criticise its lack of democracy, its wealth and privileges are gagged and vilified as traitors.

However the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee couldn’t have come at a better time as a distraction from the failures of capitalism.