Columns Archive January through June 2002

The Daily Telegraph calls for Britons to stand up for their Queen and currency rather than surrender to the euro. (January 1, 2002)
The Guardian concurs with the BBC poll's choice of Elizabeth I as best British monarch. (January 1, 2002)
Andrew Roberts reminds us of the sadder significance of February 6, 1952--the death of the dutiful King George VI. (January 6, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph comments on Graham Turner's new series on Queen Elizabeth II. (January 7, 2002)
HIH Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi of Iran hopes that his country will regain freedom from Islamic fundamentalism. (January 10, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph compares the boisterous Prince Harry to Shakespeare's royal character of the same name. (January 14, 2002)
Ian Bradley hopes to see the spiritual and unifying aspects of the monarchy preserved and strengthened. (January 19, 2002)
Tom Utley urges the British people to enthusiastically celebrate the Jubilee. (January 26, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph reflects on the Queen's fifty years of service. (January 26, 2002)
Stephen Robinson investigates the possibility of double standards in the PCC's policies on media coverage of teenagers Prince Harry and Euan Blair. (January 29, 2002)
George Will reflects on the magic of monarchy. (February 3, 2002)
Ferdinand Mount describes the essential spiritual, social, and political advantages of the British monarchy. (February 4, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph comments on its public opinion poll, concluding that the benefits of monarchy far outweigh any disadvantages. (February 4, 2002)
Tunku Varadarajan reviews the PBS documentary "The Queen's Story." (February 4, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph pays tribute to HM the Queen Mother, widowed 50 years ago today. (February 6, 2002)
John O'Sullivan looks back on the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. (February 6, 2002)
Slate UK comments on Ferdinand Mount's Feb. 4 column (above). (February 7, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph hopes Prince Charles will continue to visit Britain's bed-and-breakfast establishments. (February 8, 2002)
Sarah Bradford remembers Princess Margaret. (February 10, 2002)
The Sunday Telegraph celebrates Princess Margaret's gifts. (February 10, 2002)
Kenneth Rose describes the "many faces of Margaret." (February 11, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph urges that Princess Margaret, a "victim of humbug," be remembered for "fun, affection, and patriotism." (February 11, 2002)
John Casey asks pundits to let Princess Margaret be buried in peace. (February 15, 2002)
Tom Utley reflects on royal funerals. (February 16, 2002)
HRH the Duke of Edinburgh pays tribute to Commonwealth veterans. (February 17, 2002)
Andrew Roberts comments on the burdens of royal grief. (February 17, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph reflects on the benefits of the Australian monarchy. (February 28, 2002)
Mark Lawson explains why the Prince of Wales is a better national mourner than the Prime Minister. (March 2, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph graciously concurs with Prince Charles's criticisms of the press. (March 12, 2002)
Michael Kallenbach sympathizes with Prince Charles on the loss of his dog. (March 20, 2002)
Christopher Montgomery urges the Royal Family to take on a greater role in the Commonwealth. (March 25, 2002)
Taki defends Kaiser Wilhelm II's Germany, wishing that the Second Reich had won World War I. (March 2002)
The Sunday Telegraph mourns the loss of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (1900-2002). (March 31, 2002)
Andrew Roberts praises HM's values. (March 31, 2002)
A N Wilson recalls a woman who was "tremendous fun." (March 31, 2002)
Kenneth Rose shares his appreciation of the Queen Mother. (March 31, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph celebrates the Five Acts of the Queen Mother's long life. (April 1, 2002)
John Keegan reflects on the changes the Queen Mother saw in her life. (April 1, 2002)
W F Deedes recalls what he felt was Queen Elizabeth's finest hour--at the side of the new king. (April 1, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph praises Prince Charles's tribute to his grandmother. (April 2, 2002)
Robert Harris explains how the Queen Mother saved the monarchy--twice. (April 2, 2002)
Tunku Varadarajan presents a case for Queen Elizabeth II's abdication. (I don't agree, but it's an interesting argument.) (April 2, 2002)
Boris Johnson reflects on the Queen Mother's death and the enduring importance of monarchy. (April 4, 2002)
Alice Thompson identifies the essential difference between the Queen Mother and modern celebrities. (April 5, 2002)
Mark Steyn describes the special relationship the Queen Mother enjoyed with Canada. (April 6, 2002)
The Sunday Telegraph argues that the overwhelming public response to the Queen Mother's death shows that the monarchy is stronger than its supporters feared and its detractors hoped. (April 7, 2002)
Andrew Roberts reflects on his own visit to Westminster Hall and the momentous historical significance of the lying-in-state. (April 7, 2002)
A N Wilson interprets the public and media reactions to the Queen Mother's death. (April 7, 2002)
Andrew Sullivan rejects both ultra-royalism and republicanism, while ultimately concluding that the monarchy should be preserved. (April 7, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph explains how the monarchy is an essential aspect of British identity. (April 8, 2002)
Alan Judd emphasizes the importance of duty, which the Queen Mother exemplified so well. (April 8, 2002)
Vicki Woods looks forward to the celebration of "a lovely life." (April 9, 2002)
Charles Starmer-Smith describes what his generation has learned since the Queen Mother's death. (April 9, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph remembers Her Majesty's "mighty heart." (April 9, 2002)
Charles Moore celebrates the resurrection of popular monarchism. (April 10, 2002)
Janet Daley, a meritocratic American, admits that monarchy has something profound to offer after all. (April 10, 2002)
Alexander Chancellor reminds the republican media that they were wrong. (April 10, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. (April 10, 2002)
Peter Fray describes how the past week's events have brightened the future of the monarchy. (April 10, 2002)
James Walton evaluates British TV's funeral coverage. (April 10, 2002)
Bruce Anderson points out that it is not monarchists who are out of touch. (April 11, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph urges that memorials to the Queen Mother be planned carefully. (April 11, 2002)
Graham Turner explains why the Queen Mother's death is particularly devastating for Prince Charles. (April 11, 2002)
John O'Sullivan compares two royal funerals. (April 12, 2002)
W F Deedes argues that the Queen Mother's funeral ceremonies demonstrated the importance of military discipline. (April 15, 2002)
Charley Reese describes what the Queen Mother meant to him as an American Anglophile. (April 17, 2002)
Rev. Canon John Andrew pays tribute to the Queen Mother. (April 17, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph welcomes the return to Afghanistan of King Zahir Shah. (April 19, 2002)
Andrew Roberts argues that the British monarchy has never been more secure. (April 24, 2002)
Michael Jacobs urges gradual and careful reform of the monarchy. (April 26, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph reminds us who was the most important person at 10 Downing Street last night. (April 30, 2002)
Simon Hoggart reluctantly concludes that Britain should keep the monarchy. (April 2002)
The Daily Telegraph interprets the Queen's address. (May 1, 2002)
Alice Thompson reflects on the Queen's apparent transformation over the past few years. (May 3, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph comments on changing perceptions of Prince Philip. (May 3, 2002)
Gyles Brandreth points out that Queen Elizabeth II simply remains what she has always been--an admirable person and monarch. (May 5, 2002)
Alexander Chancellor endorses the Queen's determination to stay on the throne. (May 11, 2002)
Andrew Roberts reveals the truth about royal finances. (May 12, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph reflects on the Queen's visit to the site of the Omagh bombing. (May 15, 2002)
Ian Bradley longs for a decent jubilee song. (May 27, 2002)
Robert Harris points out that "the Queen is now cool." (May 28, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph questions the suitability of "All You Need is Love" for the Golden Jubilee. (May 28, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph reminds skeptics and nationalists that Scots like the monarchy too. (May 29, 2002)
Roger Mortimore debunks some of the myths regarding opinion polls on the monarchy. (May 31, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph looks forward to a memorable weekend for patriotism. (June 1, 2002)
Tom Utley enjoys being known as a monarchist journalist. (June 1, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph celebrates Queen Elizabeth II's "Golden Legacy." (June 2, 2002)
Geoffrey Wheatcroft reflects on the case for queens and kings. (June 2, 2002)
The Scotsman explains why dismal killjoys are so wrong about the monarchy. (June 3, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph contrasts the turbulent politics of European countries with the enviable stability of Britain's constitutional monarchy. (June 4, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph thanks those responsible for a "national triumph." (June 5, 2002)
John O'Sullivan praises the longevity and adaptability of the British monarchy. (June 5, 2002)
Peter Hitchens debates republican Stephen Haseler on NPR's "The Connection." (June 5, 2002; requires Real Player)
J.P. Zmirak explains why the French Revolution was evil. (June 6, 2002)
Mark Steyn rebukes republicans for failing to understand a state's need for romance. (June 8, 2002)
Susannah Herbert analyzes the relationship between rock and royalty. (June 9, 2002)
Quentin Letts joyously recaps Britain's incredible week. (June 9, 2002)
Solange Hertz explains why hereditary monarchy is the best form of government from a Catholic point of view. (June 2002)
The Daily Telegraph condemns Downing Street's lack of respect for the monarchy and the truth. (June 14, 2002)
Alice Thompson discovers that Britain's religious minorities know they need the monarchy, which is well worth its expenses. (June 14, 2002)
The Daily Telegraph points out how the European countries represented at last night's royal dinner reflect the virtues of monarchy. (June 18, 2002)
Catesby Leigh analyzes the Prince of Wales's impact on architecture. (June 24, 2002)