How Should Americans Understand the British Monarchy?

Editor’s Note: This column was co-authored by Jake Scott, a political theorist and conservative writer, who lives in Birmingham, England.

Earlier this week, Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II, was laid to rest in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. Several times in the days prior, the queue to see Her Majesty’s body Lying in State in London has been closed, for reaching maximum capacity. Days before, mere hours after it was announced that she had passed away, crowds began appearing outside Buckingham Palace. Somber silence and quiet reverence hung over the crowd, broken only by spontaneous outbursts of God Save the King. 

To an outsider, this outpouring of grief may seem silly, pointless, or even contrived. Despite the jokes of “have you met the Queen?”, it goes without saying that so many of us, who have in the last week shed tears, joined with family and raised a glass with friends, never actually met her. At least, not in the literal sense. But every time we opened our wallets, sent a letter, paid our taxes, or did anything official, we would be greeted with her face or crest, smiling at us with that warm, kind face that became a constant of

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