• Optics of royal mourning must appeal to nation at a pivotal moment

    16 days ago - By The Guardian

    Public displays of royals at times of loss can generate powerful symbols of personal unity with the public From marmalade sandwiches and beribboned beehives to black stilettos and military uniforms, national mourning and preparations for a state funeral have transformed the British landscape. This week's extraordinary images - of polished pageantry juxtaposed with piles of stuffed corgis, of five-mile queues and the first sightings of a dramatically reshuffled royal family - reflect a nation's grief for the late Queen and the complexities of how monarchy fits into modern Britain.
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