The Constitution Unit


The Role of the Monarchy in Modern Democracy

30 September 2020

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'The Role of Monarchy in Modern Democracy: European Monarchies Compared' is the first ever comparative study of European monarchies, written with 20 academic experts from Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

The book explores how an ancient, hereditary institution has survived as a central part of these democracies. How much power does a monarch really have? How much autonomy do they enjoy? Who regulates the size of the royal family, their finances, the rules of succession? What happens when they become engulfed in scandal? What is the secret of their success, and their survival?

To discuss the book’s main findings we have an expert panel:

  • Lord (Robin) Janvrin, Private Secretary to the Queen 1999-2007
  • Valentine Low, royal correspondent of The Times
  • Professor Jean Seaton, British contributor to the book.
  • Jonny Dymond, royal correspondent of the BBC
  • Professor Rudy Andeweg, Dutch contributor to the book
Chair: Jonathan Dimbleby (biographer of Prince Charles)