The Windsors and Ceremonial Events: State Occasions for the National Family

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy book series (PSMM)


This chapter explores the uses of memoralisation made by the Windsors, where reflective retrospectives are used to emphasise the continuity of the British crown as doing its job for the nation and as a key player in the maintenance of a modern British familial identity. State events, where part of the continuity involved the religious and formal royal rituals employed historically, this chapter provides case studies of royal funerals in order to argue for a shift in the approach to commemoration under the Windsors. Such a shift manifested itself not just in the way in which the ceremonial dimensions were contextualised more in terms of family than formality and so made more accessible. It argues also that a high degree of collusion with the media (one in line with public expectation, however) has made this representation more credible. Key Windsor funerals, not just those of George V and George VI, but also those of other known and popularly loved members of the Windsor dynasty including the Queen Mother, are explored in this chapter.


State Occasion Royal Family Memorial Service Daily Telegraph George Versus 
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  1. 1.School of LawPlymouth UniversityPlymouthUK

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