15 February 2024, The Tablet

Long live the King

Long live the King

Charles: first change of monarch in 70 years
photo: Alamy, Ian Shaw


In the last stretch of Elizabeth II’s reign – the longest of any British monarch – many people feared for the nation. The vast majority of Britons could not remember a time when she had not ruled over them – they had been born during her 70 years on the throne. How would they cope when the nation’s rock was no more?

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