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Finding a Moment of Royal Reassurance in a Messy World

Ian Morris
Board of Contributors
Apr 10, 2019 | 05:00 GMT
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) holds her daughter, Princess Anne, at Anne's christening in Buckingham Palace on Oct. 21, 1950. Elizabeth's grandmother, Queen Mary, left, and her mother, Queen Elizabeth are also pictured.

Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) holds her daughter, Princess Anne, at Anne's christening in 1950. The British monarchy sometimes seems to be everything the United Kingdom's democratic institutions currently are not -- calm, reassuring and reasonable.

(Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

In the face of skepticism, polarization and extremism, much in Western democracies may yet depend on the ability of non-democratic institutions to preserve a sense of calm and stability....

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